TIME TO GO HOME ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME WINTER 2019
Walking home from a dinner out the other evening, we saw three swans flying northward. Were they going home for the night, or was it time to fly north to end their visit here in the valley? Whichever, they inspired me to paint their journey. The first opportunity I ever had to view swans in the wild was while living out at Neah Bay. Every winter a dozen or so swans visited along the Waatch River valley, and we would regularly see them when going out to the beaches at Hobuck and Tsooes. The sight of these beautiful, graceful birds was always a gift to treasure. However, since moving to La Conner and the Skagit Valley, watching swans by the hundreds is an almost everyday winter occurrence, yet one we never tire of. We are blessed by their presence, and it is awful to see them go as spring arrives. These three may just have been flying to another field to spend the night, but it was a reminder that soon our big white birds will be gone until the fall. The design for the swans was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. Inspiration for the wave-like wind background came from a Japanese kimono design. 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.