New Oil Painting – “Blackbird”
I have recently finished work on my latest painting, titled “Blackbird”. Although I work on a lot of still life paintings, I have been doing more figurative work recently. These figurative works allow me to express themes of human nature in a more direct manner. See more figurative work here.
PAINTING A CROSSROADS
“Blackbird” is a painting which expresses the difficulties of making the right choices. It often seems that doing the right thing requires willpower, effort, and sometimes sacrifices. Doing the wrong thing is usually easier and requires less effort. In the complex social settings many of us find ourselves navigating, the lines separating the wrong choices from the right ones are not always clear. This is the theme of “Blackbird”. The blackbird in this painting is symbolic of the ease at which we can find ourselves on the wrong path. The purple finch in flight is representative of the fleeting opportunities of changing course and doing the right thing. The woman in this painting may knowingly be choosing the wrong path at that moment, or maybe she has made the wrong decision at a point in the past and only recognizes this in retrospect.
PAINTING WITH BIRDS
I have been frequently incorporating birds in my paintings. To me birds can be representative of many things; freedom, death, power, fragility. Birds can be found in an almost infinite assortment of colors, which when used thoughtfully can supplement the mood of the painting. The variety of birds and their uniquness parallel the individuality of people, and their colors as wide-ranging as the spectrum of human emotion.