NUTHATCH IN THE PINES ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SPRING 2021
We love to watch red-breasted nuthatches around the neighborhood. Nuthatches are a symbol of the hard-working, industrious individual who is both feisty and courageous. Even though they are little birds, they don’t seem to be intimidated by the presence of larger creatures like ourselves. In addition, they are very attractive birds and I can’t resist painting pictures of them. The works of various Japanese Rinpa painters inspired me to create this little painting. Both the bird itself and the pine branch on which it sits display influences from the Rinpa style. Also, the design for the nuthatch was influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. 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.