Something pigeon this way comes

January 8, 2017


26 Responses to “Something pigeon this way comes”

  1. very special…. very nice.

  2. kestrelart said

    Very Memad!
    Really good. Makes pigeons interesting. You have caught really well the way the bird carries itself. Bird artists call this the “jizz” which is supposed to come from a wartime acronym but be careful how you google that.
    There was a time when pigeons were a really top subject for art – I think Picasso’s father was a specialist pigeon painter but gave up painting when he saw how good his son was (may be apocryphal). I used to draw birds a lot, but had a prejudice against pigeons, seeing them as little more than food for more interesting predators.

    • Through doing more my needlework seems to have become looser too! It feels different doing these than drawing/painting a picture. Seamstresses should look away however, I have little skill and no knowledge when it comes to sewing. There’s wood pigeons galore at rhe back of our garden, more than there used to be I’m sure. Are they more numerous? You’ve got to like them, everything they do is so exaggerated.

    • Have tried to google the dad’s pigeons but couldn’t find. Have learnt some other things too – oh dear.

      • kestrelart said

        There is a very short entry on José Ruiz y Blasco, his dad, on Wikipedia.
        As for the word jizz, it’s well recognised in the birding community to mean something that sums up not just how a bird looks but it’s whole demeanour. I used it innocence for years before chancing to google it and finding it has another meaning as well.
        The acronym is GISS, general impression size and shape, and refers to identifying enemy aircraft. You can imagine the spotter uses something more than the simple silhouette to make the identification, indefinable characteristics like how it flies might help. The extension of the term to birding makes sense.
        Anyway, your pigeon has the feel of pigeonness.

        • Do you cringe when you think back to past conversations when you used it?! How sad it has an inappropriate namesake, as otherwise I think I would use it all the while too. There was a friend who we had to point put it was ‘something of that ilk’ rather than his version -‘something of that elk’. Comedy gold.

          • kestrelart said

            I first heard the term in John Busby’s book on drawing birds, some forty years ago. Decades later I was to meet John. Lovely guy. Such a skilled draughtsman and artist. It’s not a term I have had much occasion to use since, only with other birders or artists. Plenty of things make me cringe but certainly not that. There is no other word with the same meaning, hence its use, but I thought I should warn you that’s all.

  3. memadtwo said

    Oh this is excellent! I’ve been thinking our street pigeons seem to be on vacation. Perhaps they are visiting you…? (K)

  4. yes he or is he a she? has a lot of pigeoness!

  5. He has a cool tail like a bunch of them are strutting around

  6. Beautiful and creative use of materials. I love this.

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