I HEARD A LOON CALLING ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2020
May is probably my favorite month for two reasons. At that time, as we are approaching the Summer Solstice, the days are becoming longer with an earlier dawn and a later dusk. Secondly, we typically have a stretch of beautiful mild weather in May. This results in us opening the windows of our bedroom at night for the first time so that we can sleep comfortably. One early morning in May, just at the break of dawn, I heard a familiar bird call, but one that I have not heard in years: the sound of a loon calling. The loon was most probably flying down the Swinomish Channel when it gave its call. It is such a distinctive and haunting sound that it captured my interest and led me to create this painting. I made the frame for this painting 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.