Against the Cold – Mourning Dove

Original Artwork by Calvin Nicholls

Against the Cold – Mourning Dove

Calvin Nicholls
Original Artwork
100% Cotton Archival Paper by Strathmore
19 × 15 in

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Artwork Description

Following its instincts a mourning dove puffed up against the cold last winter absorbing valuable warmth from a sun drenched perch in our old crab apple tree. A site I’d seen a thousand times and yet this time the patterns in the fanned plumage caught my eye. Realizing the fun it could provide at the art table I set to work. Paper choices made, patterns drawn and a new blade in place my focus was intent as I worked to capture the effect. Creating form, deep recesses and contrasting textures is essential in my low relief sculptures as I rely on display lighting to play across these surfaces casting shadows, popping highlights and enhancing the illusion of depth.
Apparently our instincts guided both of us that day.