SPRING IN BLOOM ACRYLICS ON CEDAR w/RED OAK FRAME SPRING 2020
I am not sure why, but it seems that this spring we have been blessed with an explosion of color. Flowers are in bloom everywhere, and the neighborhood yards are each a canvas of the most beautiful work Mother Nature can conceive. The potted Lewisia on our front porch is no exception, and I believe it is showing its greatest flowering since we’ve had it. All of this exciting and prolific color was the inspiration for this painting. I turned to the amazing designs found on Japanese textiles (kosode and kimono specifically) as my artistic source for ideas and motifs (see images below for examples). To represent the fine embroidery found on luxurious kimono, I used reflective gold paint. 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.