The featured bird for the 2018 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival is the Spotted Towhee. Spotted Towhees are a common but skulky bird found in thickets and tangled undergrowth throughout the western United States. This particular scene is inspired by the foothill landscape at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The transition zone from prairie to mountain.
The 2018 convention T-shirt art has been created from an original silk painting by artist Saraiya Kanning. The silk painting is created using the serti method, which is similar in some ways to batik. Lines of resist (a gooey white substance) are used to separate color. This gives the painting its stained-glass look. It’s quite a process. She first draws the scene on stretched silk, she then applies the resist, and then the dye. After it dries, she wraps it in aluminum foil and steams it in a tamale cooker for three hours. The silk is then washed (removing the resist), ironed, and mounted on canvas using Liquitex matte medium. The 11″ x 14″ silk painting doesn’t need to be framed and is ready to hang. Saraiya also created the 2015 festival artwork, a Western Tanager watercolor.
Her artwork graces the back of the 2018 convention T-shirt with the Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival logo on the front.
The 2018 festival T-shirt must be ordered by April 29 through the festival registration form online. No T-shirt orders can be accepted after this date.
Saraiya has agreed to sell her original artwork as a fundraiser for the 2019 Festival. The silk painting will be available for viewing throughout the festival. At Saturday evening’s social event there will be a silent auction with proceeds going to support the 2019 Festival.