Blue Mantle

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Blue Mantle

Blue Jay in the leaves
Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches (2009)

I must confess to have painted at least a half dozen blue jay portraits. They just seem to have that combination of class and brass that one can almost admire . . . respect even.

The "mantle" part in the title refers to the effect of the wings spread out, and the feathers fluffed in a way that makes them look larger and menacing. This is intended for interlopers and predators who might otherwise think this dorky bird is down on the ground, and would make a dandy meal . . . or is hiding something that others might want.

Hawks, owls and other groups do this too, basically telling the world to "Back off, I'm busy here".

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