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painting of a pigeon

Gwenn Seemel
Animalistic (Rock pigeon)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

This is the only painting of a creature flying in this series, but I painted lots of swimming and floating animals, including this whale, these orcas, and these seahorses. In 2008 I painted an astronaut with a floaty self-portrait moon. To learn more about the making of Animalistic, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

We all just want to live, love, and be loved. And our individual expressions of these same needs are what make our world so beautiful.

What’s seen as “natural” for one kind of bird is called “animalistic” for the other, and our understanding of the lives of all birds in the columbidae family along with our appreciation of the diversity of nature are spoiled by these judgments.