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.


  1. I love the bird and the box. I especially like the color combinations.

  2. Great painting. Very delicate yet the shadow is ominous.

  3. I agree with you completely. I never knew about the shorts!

  4. Hi Maggie
    Nice painting..I would love to see more of you...

  5. Maggie,
    I've always loved this painting. The colors are very pleasing. I did miss the shorts!
    Love, Mom