“Chimney Swift” by Dawna Rose is climate change art that shows a species confronting threats from diminishing insect populations and the modernization of chimneys which obstruct the birds’ nesting opportunities. In this monochromatic bird painting, Dawna Rose skillfully depicts the chimney swift’s distinct features while raising awareness about the conservation issues the bird encounters. The absence of color in the painting adds a unusual perspective to the portrait, emphasizing the need to protect the chimney swift and its habitat.
Dawna Rose painted “Chimney Swift” in gouache and Japanese paint markers. Gouache is an opaque water based paint with a long history, having been used for at least 12 centuries. The Posca Japanese marker pens she uses feature vibrant ink, versatility, and a matte finish.
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