Bats Keep Austin Weird

The city's proud slogan "Keep Austin Weird" is the perfect conversation partner for a theological reflection on a "sunset cruise" to see the 750,000 bats fly out from underneath the Congress Street Bridge in downtown Austin. The $10 cruise lasts an hour and includes trivia commentary on the bat population by the tour guide plus a spectacular view of the city skyline AND the bats flying out from underneath the bridge at sunset. The excursion was part of the Women, Voice, and Preaching workshop hosted by Education Beyond the Walls at Austin Seminary. 100% recommended!
Altered book art which combines two perspectives from reference photographs taking during the sunset bat tour. I began by using black gesso to paint two pages in the journal, leaving the exposed words "capturing the light." Next, I painted layers of Golden acrylic glaze in mauve and metallic copper light using diagonal brush strokes. I used black Prismacolor 05 fine line markers for the city skyline and bridge, a silver metallic pen for the clouds, and stamped letters for the words.
Swarms of bats leaving from under the bridge.
Free viewing from the bridge.
A pink metallic pen creates the three rings of faint pink clouds that were visible in the camera (but not to the naked eye).
Mop brush dabbed in black gesso recreates the swarms of bats.