HUNT ABOVE THE CORN STALKS ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2017
Winter is at its end and spring is on the way, to the joy of us all. However, in the fields, the remnants of crops past still remain. This is especially seen in the rows of corn stalks, at least, of what remains after the corn was harvested for cattle feed. The stalk "stubs" create a wonderful geometric pattern, especially pleasing where the rows make the bend in the field. A Northern Harrier flies above the stalks, hunting for anything attempting to hide below in the field's limited protective cover. All in all, it's a pleasing sight to see and a portent of spring to come. Thus inspired, I painted this picture to capture the moment of the harrier searching for available prey. 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.