HUMMINGBIRD WARS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2020-21
With the recent cold weather and snow, we have made sure to fill our hummingbird feeders so there would be plenty of food for our special little visitors. We figured there would be enough to go around for all of the local birds to share. Well, sharing wasn’t really in the cards as at least one alpha male continually prevented the others from getting a chance to feed. I have seen photos of other hummingbird feeders covered with birds sharing the food. So, what gives with ours? Maybe we just attract the ornery ones! Still, we sure have enjoyed watching their exciting aerial battles, and their show motivated me to create this painting. The design for the hummingbirds was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions while the looping vines were influenced by the Celtic Revival entrelac of Archibald Knox. I also borrowed Knox’s “honesty-square” leaf motif for my leaves and painted them using a Japanese Rinpa School tarashikomi effect. 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.