SWALLOWS UNDER THE WILLOW ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME SUMMER 2020
Summertime here in the Pacific Northwest is usually pleasant and mild with temperatures rarely exceeding 80 degrees F. It’s funny but when the temps get into the low 80s, you can hear people complaining about the stifling heat—much to the amusement of folks elsewhere who must endure summers in the 90s and 100s on a regular basis. I remember my summers back in Pittsburgh as being predominantly sunny and hot, so finding shade was an essential activity. My aunt and uncle had a massively big weeping willow, and I loved to duck under its cascading leaves to get instantly cool. That memory inspired me to paint this picture, and I also included some of my favorite summertime birds, swallows. The composition for the willow leaves was inspired by Rinpa painter Suzuki Kiitsu’s White Heron and Willow Tree. The designs for the swallows were influenced by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. 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.
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 19 ¼ inches WIDTH: 17 inches
Suzuki Kiitsu--White Heron and Willow Tree (detail)