Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Goldfinch; after Fabritius, 2002
One of my first large-picture art books had an image of a goldfinch tethered to a box on a wall. In this copy-cat version, I used an American Goldfinch and tried to tread the line between it being a female in summer or a male in winter. Also, this is anthropomorphized- I wanted to explore the idea of a person who felt safer being in a restrained position. The bird is actually wearing a pair of black shiny shorts.
I was very pleased with everything except the actual bird- especially the very oil-like effect I was able to create with my cheap acrylic paints. I do, however, like the wings.