Peacocks in Toronto
Years ago, I was at the Toronto Zoo with my kids, when we crossed paths with a party of rowdy peacocks. They were rule-breakers, living on the edge, and the Zoo was their turf.
I’m sure this guy was the leader, who became internet-famous when he escaped from the zoo last year & spent days touring Toronto rooftops, inspiring at least one viral video before returning to tell his tale to fellow zoo inhabitants, starting with the bison.
Why did he return, you ask?
I could say there was a pretty peahen he had to get back to, but a brief Goggle search put me straight. A mature peacock with a train full of fabulous feathers is more likely to have a harem.
And in fact, younger peacocks like this one tend to hang around with other peacocks. Birds of a feather flocking together, caught up in their own good looks.
The peahen on the other hand, sits on its eggs (usually 3-5) for about 28 days, and forms a community with other peahens as they raise the peachicks together, teaching them how to find food etc.
So, the peafowl I painted in Peacock Pair, are more likely to be siblings. Once again, reality bites. I was all set to write a tale of star-crossed peacock lovers who ran away together, determined to mate for life. Truth is, our fine-feathered friend, the Peacock is more of a narcissist, and a polygamist.
Art in the Park Oakville
See the original painting – Peacock Pair – in person at Art in the Park Oakville on Mon, Aug 1. 10-5pm, and tell me which version of the story you prefer. I will be in booth #143.
There will be more than 175 booths showcasing artists and artisans who work in a variety of media, as well as a licensed food court. The venue is also beautiful, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park is right on the lake at the foot of Bronte Rd.
If you are over 12yrs, there is a $5. cover which will go towards the Oakville Art Society, which has been putting on this well-organized art fair since 1965.
Around 2am this morning I hit the tipping point in this painting where I knew I’ll be able to pull it off (eventually). I don’t often share my WIP unless the painting is already completed, because it goes through such an ugly stage. Even though I’m the one with the brush, I want to be surprised by the outcome, so my painting process can be quite chaotic. Personally, I’ve found that’s the route to the good stuff. Anyway, the quiet was broken by thunder and rain just as endorphins were flooding my system (tipping point = magic) which led to me making this video! Please follow to see the finished painting. #canadianartist #burlington #peacock #artforsale #artstudio #painting #art #wip #magic #creativeprocess #nightowl #artintheparkoakville
To see some more of the original acrylic paintings I will have at the park, visit my website www.bluerootsartstudio.com.
I will also have some greeting cards. And I can tell you more about the 30 small paintings in 30 days challenge I will be doing in September.
Hope to see you soon, please e-mail me if you have any inquiries!