Scarlet Tanagers, Walnut and Pears
March 16, 2010
20″ x 16″
Oil on Linen
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A tug pushes a barge on the river with sunlit clouds reflected in the water. Two young girls wave to the bargeman. The male Scarlet Tanager balances precariously on a pear, piercing it flesh. The female stands on the silver bowl camouflaged against the sky. A gentle breeze lifts the tablecloth’s skirt except where it’s held by the cook’s towel. Other bird paintings I’ve done that are similar to this, i.e. Chickadees and Coffee, Nuthatches and Walnuts, Beneath the Surface, tend to have an ‘other world’ feel because there is no human presence, only an indication of it. Add two waving young girls and the place in the painting becomes more comfortable.