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The Art of Colin Starkevich &

The Grassland Series

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Non Grassland Wildlife and Early Work

Coffee Run (24 by 30" acrylic on canvas) In Private Collection

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Coffee Run (24 by 30" acrylic on canvas) In Private Collection
The title for this painting may seem a bit strange to some, but for me it fits perfectly. When I lived in Edmonton, most mornings once I have painted for a few hours I would go out for a coffee and drive around the back roads near my home. On every coffee run that winter I have seen Magpie's everywhere. I always wanted to paint one because they really are a nice looking bird. But it wasn't until one morning when I was out on my "coffee run" for the morning when I drove by this small willow tree and saw a lone Magpie hidden amongst the branches looking out across the field into the sun. The bird seemed to glow with the sunlight reflecting off of its white chest. It looked so spectacular I thought to myself "That's my painting! I quickly stopped my vehicle and took a bunch of reference photos of this willow tree and the field. The Magpie flew off before I could get pictures of it but I used some sketches I had created of Magpies earlier that year on another coffee run as my reference. In the painting I added in another Magpie, to help balance the composition a bit. I did take a bit of a risk on this painting by putting the one Magpie almost smack in the middle of the canvas. But I think it works. I thought that by calling this painting "Coffee Run" would work perfectly and be unique in its own way since it is not about the actual painting itself, but about what I was doing when the inspiration for this painting came about.
Posted on March 20, 2011