CHICKADEE IN THE QUINCE ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SPRING 2019
It’s always fun to watch the chickadees as they quickly fly in and out of our back yard. They seem to enjoy going to the sunflower seed feeder for a brief visit and then take their prize elsewhere to enjoy. When one recently took its seed to sit on our fully-blooming Japanese quince, I knew that I had to make a painting of the event. The design for the chickadee was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The overall composition of the quince was based on the works of the Japanese Rinpa School painters. I used a tarashikomi effect inspired by them for the leaves and blossoms. 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.