I painted this birds-in-flight quadruptic (tryptic + one), in 1993 when the barn was a brown shingled structure with broken windows on the street-facing side. The windows were not easy to restore (each had several small panes missing and the frames were falling apart.) So the "birds- in- flight" mural was conceived and painted and here it has remained. When we renewed the barn (my husband David put up red-stained board and batten siding in 2007*), the faded, brown birds looked a little less vibrant than they once had and by 2009 their sad deterioration began to be an eyesore as the surface of the plywood peeled away.
All these years later, (1993-2010) I still think the flying birds are a dynamic idea I wanted to restore this "mural" but match the new colors of the barn better. Below you see some of the process of renewal. New boards were primed and painted white, a new stencil cut using remnants of the old one. ( I'm struck as I look at these pictures in side my studio how many instances of stencils there are in the various things hung on the walls. Over the years I have used stencils in many ways in my artwork. )
As you can probably tell, I'm not trying to create recognizable birds or accurate flight...but am satisfied with this metaphor for imagination taking flight.
*Post Script: To see the brown shingled barn being restored in 2007, see the left hand column of this blog, where I've created a photo album ("Studio Restored") of David working to restore the barn.