BLUE JAY'S FOREST ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2021
After moving to the town of La Conner in 2003, we have missed many aspects of life on the Olympic Peninsula. But one thing that is surprising is that we haven’t yet seen any blue jays here in town. Is it us, or are they just not “townies”? Stellar’s jays are beautiful birds with their charcoal heads, their flashy blue coloration, and their distinctive crest. Like all members of the Corvids, they are extremely intelligent and even sometimes downright belligerent. Their aggressive behavior and loud vocalization can lay claim to their forest environment, letting all know that they are rulers of their domain. I missed their antics to the point of needing to paint one to get my blue jay fix. The design for the blue jay was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The Celtic Revival entrelac of Archibald Knox was the inspiration for the trees. 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.