A Cardinal On a Rooftop In the Rain

I have some dear friends who just moved away.

This is a hazard of living in a University town.

We’ve spent the last three years living life together, and now they are off for their next adventure. But before they left, they commissioned me to make them a painting.

“Sustenance”, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 30″ x 30″, 2012

I had been thinking about their time in Durham–our time in Durham.

Reflecting on the kind of painting I would want to send them off with.  I do most of my reflecting in my kitchen, making dinner, washing dishes. Looking out my windows.

“Sustenance”, Detail, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 30″ x 30″, 2012

It had been raining for days. It’s my favorite weather in this part of the country. When it feels a little like I live in a rain forest.

Day after day, I watched a cardinal alight on a rooftop outside my window.

It would hop, almost skip as the rain came down. I could see his crimson reflection mixing with the cool reflections of the trees blowing over him. It was all dancing colors flecked with red.  He didn’t mind, almost seemed to enjoy, the rain.

“Sustenance”, Detail, Acrylic and Charcoal on Canvas, 30″ x 30″, 2012

So this is what I painted.

A snapshot of three years of friendship.

Of a city. Of a bird.

Because there is no concrete imagery for that. Just colors dancing.

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One Response to A Cardinal On a Rooftop In the Rain

  1. I like the way your colors dance!

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