Work of the Week — “Blue Jay” by Sallie Middleton
by Sadie Allen
Whether you realize it or not, nature rarely experiences true silence. Every time you venture out into the woods, you’re likely to hear a chirp or a whistle from one of our delightful feathered friends – birds! I never realized just how common they were until I began to look for them. As soon as I honed in my focus, I noticed them everywhere – on telephone poles, sidewalks, even sunbathing in my yard. Lately I have been especially keen on the creatures, as they’ve been much more vocal with the arrival of some warm weather. My father dabbled in ornithology in his younger years, so he instilled a passion of the animals within me. This particular piece, Blue Jay, caught my eye not only for its focus (a stunning Blue Jay, as the name implies) but also the incredible detail and colors. Sallie Middleton’s talent is evident in the vividness of the piece.
Artwork above: Sallie Middleton, Blue Jay, Watercolor, 20.25 x 16.25 inches. Gift of Sallie Middleton Parker. Permanent Collection. 2012.12.22.