A GOLDEN MOMENT ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2024
The American goldfinch is a very social bird and can be seen in large flocks searching for food. In mid-summer when the food supply is at its peak, the breeding season starts and males can be seen wooing the females of the species. At this time, the brilliant yellow plumage of the males is sure to attract a suitable mate. For those of us who can observe goldfinches in abundance, their arrival is signaled by a burst of color, brightening the locale. In an instant they can be gone again, only to bring visual joy to one’s neighbors. The goldfinch designs were inspired by Northwest Coast Native, Celtic, and Japanese art traditions. I used a tarashikomi effect for the willow tree in homage to Japanese Rinpa School painters. Ito Sozan’s woodblock print Barn Swallows and Willow was a helpful source of inspiration. I made the frame out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. I used the Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak to finish the frame.