FOXGLOVE, GRASSES & BUTTERFLIES ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2017
Midsummer and the foxgloves are in bloom. I remember seeing clear cuts out on the Olympic Peninsula completely covered by blooming foxglove. It was more spectacular than any gardener could have achieved. It seemed that foxglove was just a stage in the succession of the regenerating conifer forest because the show only lasted one season. I saw foxglove in full bloom next to a sea of tall grass and it inspired me to paint the scene. To top it off, and for the first time that I can recall, we had the enjoyment of watching tiger swallowtail butterflies. They are such beautiful and large butterflies that I had no other choice but to include them in the painting. The artistic inspiration for this work owes much to the Japanese Rinpa School. Sakai Hoitsu’s Summer and Autumn Grasses and Ogata Kenzan’s Hollyhocks were both very influential in creating my design. I used a tarashikomi effect when painting the foxglove’s leaves. 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.