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Due to popular demand, the second edition of only 100 art prints of my Great Tailed Grackle has just been released at Etsy for a limited time.

Great Tailed Grackle art print by Shelly Bowen

Great Tailed Grackle art print by Shelly Bowen

The first edition of the Great Tailed Grackle was sold in November 2008. It is an original ink drawing I did of a texas bird printed on museum quality archival grade paper. See all bird drawings at my art shop.

No reproductions permitted. Rights remain with artist.

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final ink drawing of grackle by Shelly BowenIn Austin, Texas, recently. Hot, friendly, beautiful. All the live music you can take in. And birds.

Stayed on Lady Bird Lake or “Town Lake” where I saw giant swans, hump-beaked geese, ducks, all sorts of tiny song birds, and the great-tailed grackle. The grackle looks like a skinning long-legged crow, and with a call that sounds much like the alarm of an infant, is considered a pest. But I found it’s defiance part of the scene.

So I put together this piece just for him. And for me too.

If you’re interested in the artist’s process, here’s a peak behind the scene …

Out hiking in the 98 degree June heat around the lake, I caught a mediocre photo of this guy, so cool and balanced:

photo of grackle \

He inspired me to sketch this — really from a combination of birds I saw throughout the city. Below you’ll see the pencil sketch and the inked version.

original sketch of grat-tailed grackle bird of texas

And finally, the new piece I totally didn’t intend on bringing home as a souvenir (see framed at top).

I really do like him. If you like him too he’ll be available soon as a limited edition in my art shop,
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original ink drawing of black bird \

All art copyright 2008 Shelly Bowen. No reproductions permitted.

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caribbean sea bird print (c) bowenI’ve completed a new ink drawing, inspired by a bird who waited patiently in the Caribbean heat for a crumb of my sandwich, but all he got was his portrait sketched.

In this one, I’ve explained a little more about what inspired the colors and the details within the drawing in my shop description. I usually leave interpretation up to the viewer, but I’ve had some comments that readers like the descriptions, so I keep telling the story of what inspired the drawing or painting or technique.

At the same time, I wonder if describing in more detail the texture of the paper or the saturation of the inks would be more useful. The screen really doesn’t do them justice.

I’m really liking my ocean-inspired ink drawings — mesmerizing for me. They hold a little bit of those million-dollar moments for me. I think I’ll hang a few of the printer’s proofs in my new office.

All images on this site copyright (c) Shelly Bowen. All rights reserved.

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