Two Finches

Two Finches

In late September looking out my kitchen window I saw these two male gold finches squabbling over territory and I was struck be the fact that as I watched them I only saw or registered the bright coloured sections of the birds as they darted about really quickly. I knew the shape of the bird and I knew their wings beating but I could not see those things because of the speed of the birds so what I recognised was a combination of the visual with all ready stored knowledge because when I was looking it seemed like I could see the shape of the birds and the wings beating.

This was the starting point for the painting you see above, above are some early sketches from the development of the work.