DOVES' SONG ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/ RED OAK FRAME (SUMMER 2013)
I love to hear the “who-woo who-who-who” song of the mourning doves. Their song is likened to a lament, and thus the significance of their name. However for me, it tells of the strong bond between couples, one based on mutual love and equality. Symbolically they represent the spirit of hope and peace. We commonly see many mourning doves around La Conner. A pair often feed beneath our bird feeder in the front yard. When we accidently disturb them, they fly up and away in unison—a very pleasing sight. I have painted my mourning doves with a background of lilacs, with their leaves slowly turning color as autumn begins. 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.