Our mountain areas are filled with members of the corvid family: ravens, crows, magpies, nutcrackers and of course, the jays. The ravens and crows make themselves known year round here, and rarely a day goes by without seeing several.
When I researched whether the blue jay migrates from our Western Canadian location, I learned: yes and no. Sometimes they migrate south, but the next year finds them staying put. There is no definite pattern, and some think their migratory behavior is tied to weather or food scarcity. Overall, it remains a bit of a mystery.
I recently decided to create a handmade reduction linocut print of a blue jay. I had played with the idea of making the blue jay one of my “little bird‘ series that features many of the birds I create. But I just couldn’t make a print of a blue jay without including the absolutely brilliant blue of their feathers.
So, here — told in a series of three videos — is the creation of my blue jay print, from inception to completion.
A copy of the final print is posted below the videos. Enjoy!