Lois Barber

Birdz of a Feather watercolor, by Lois Barber.

While doing a watercolor painting of a landscape in Provence, France, Lois tested her colors on a vertical strip of paper taped to her easel. A few weeks later the test strip fell from her portfolio and landed horizontally on her desk. In an instant, she saw the strip of colors as a collection of birds and added a few pen strokes to bring them to life. Soon to follow were a series of joyful and whimsical paintings called, “Birdz of a Feather.”

Lois applies the watercolors first, lets the paint dry, then “finds” and defines each bird with pen and ink. Archival prints are mounted on birch block frames that her partner Doug Wolf makes in his wood shop.