Posted 5 years ago
This piece hangs above my fireplace mantle. For many years I was in the business of collecting and selling exotic birds. Shirrell Graves had a studio here in San Francisco. He worked in water color and gouache. This piece, like so many of his may have been hung upon a wall whilst he filled in the blanks.
My comment may seem trivial here-- after all, nature herself has filled in the blanks-- but is there not an openness to it? Doesn't it just make you want to jump right in!
Now, in the 1950s, Ms. Botke's work got picked up by the five and dimes (todays "dollar" stores). Cheap reproductions abounded, and they were crappy.
Amongst California Women Artists a few years back, one of her pieces fetched fifty grand. That is wonderful but it is not the point here.