Sparrow Study

Sparrow detail, BeardyMan, work in progress, Kellie Jagoe 2017, acrylic on canvas board

Focus on what you love and work hard at it.

This is a close up of the first sparrow in the Beard Man painting. I have been trying to photograph sparrows for months but had little luck getting a clear picture. Recently while eating breakfast in a Melbourne cafe I had the perfect opportunity to take photos close up of  the sparrows who were also having breakfast on the tables around me. City birds have less fear of humans I suppose, so it was easy to take some quick snaps. Enough detail, especially in the eyes to complete sketches and then spent a while on this first painted edition. There will be several more sparrows added to the beard hedge.

Beard Love.


Wake in Flight


Wake in Flight, Kellie Jagoe 2017

An expression of the art of combating anxiety, fleeing the trap of a tight chest and shallow breath. Originally I had drawn a rib cage in the background but I felt it was too obvious. I wanted the bird to be pictured truly free.  I used non toxic paint stripper and a scraper to carve out the image and set the bird to the fore, the background dropping away to expose raw wood and rough paint remains. The painting is about freedom from suffering, not the act of suffering itself.

The heart beats strong and calm when you keep your eyes on the skies ❤

This piece sold at the recent Small Works Art Prize at Brunswick St Gallery in Fitzroy. (2017)