FISHING OFF ORCAS ISLAND ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2017
We recently took the ferry to Orcas Island to enjoy a couple of days on the island. The morning sun was a big red ball in the sky due to all of the smoke from BC and Eastern Washington fires. Its reflection gave the impression that tiny flecks of copper were dancing on top of the waves. While the ferry was docking we were treated to the sight of a kingfisher diving off the rocks. I’ve loved watching kingfishers ever since seeing them fish by Sekiu back in the 80s so this particular show was especially enjoyable. Pacific madrona (arbutus) overhanging the slope provided a lovely background for the action. The madrone is a beautiful evergreen tree with smooth red bark that peels and sheds into thin papery sheets and I’ve always wanted to paint them. The design for my water owes much to Ogata Korin and other artists of the Japanese Rimpa School. Also I used a tarashikomi effect favored by that school when painting my rocks. 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.