JUNCOS' WINTER PLAYGROUND ACRYLICS ON RED CEDAR WINTER 2020
Dark-eyed Juncos are so fun to watch during the winter months as they enliven the neighborhood with their antics. They always seem to be having fun, chasing each other around and through the hibernating plant life as they play a game of tag. I call them “jumping juncos” because one junco on the ground will be forced to jump up and fly off as another one dive bombs it and then takes its place. I’m sure this behavior is related to feeding, or territorial battles—but then again, many species besides ourselves enjoy active play. I bet it’s a bit of both. I was inspired to paint this on a long piece of red cedar after seeing a pair of paintings on cedar with the same dimensions by iconic Rinpa School painter Ogata Korin. I have my juncos flying about a white camellia shrub and beneath a choke cherry tree. Both plants provide a splash of color in our winter surroundings, one with its berries and the other with its flowers. Korin’s works were converted into hanging scrolls but my painting will remain free of any framing.