Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Wing, A Beer Bottle and More-Oil Painting


Spirit Talk
9 x 12
Oil on Linen/Panel


An old stubby my husband found in the bush, a wing from a Red Winged Black Bird that died in our yard, an egg from one of my sister's little hens and a branch from a pine tree were all in my studio with all the other things I collect for paintings. I have a drawer full of moths, bees, dragon flies, and feathers. There are shelves full of old bottles that we've found in the bush, unwashed and left just the way we found them, old tobacco cans, 4 year old crumbling rhubarb leaves, china, berries, eggs, old cutlery, and more. The skulls of a goat, cat, cow, deer, rocks, stones, and numerous antlers. They're all things that have meaning in one way or another or can be representative of feelings, thoughts or ideas. I collect things knowing that eventually they will all have a story to tell on the canvas.

This particular grouping of items was in response to a call for entries from the Federation of Canadian Artists for an upcoming exhibition 'Capturing the Canadian Spirit' in celebration of the 2010 winter olympics in Vancouver. The space in this painting represents the spaciousness that is the Canadian landscape, the branch stands in for our incredible natural resources, the egg is for the newness and our growth as a nation, the wing stands for our history of exploration of this huge land, and the stubby represents the humour we Canadians can see in ourselves, and well, we do like beer.

10 comments:

africantapestry said...

This is a lovely representation cindy and SO beautiful1 Now I knwo where to knock if out of "things" to paint!
Ronelle

Cindy Revell said...

Thanks Ronell, I don't think you'll ever run out of beautiful things to paint, you have so much beauty around you.

Anonymous said...

Really strange

Cindy Revell said...

Anonymous, I'll take that as a compliment :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Auntie knows where there are a few ,I think it was Hiedelberg beer bottles.and yes right now it is good & dusty!! keep up the awesome work ,Cindy!!

Linny D. Vine said...

Cindy, I've just toured your blog and thoroughly enjoyed myself amidst your beautiful and diverse work! (We share a love of the same sorts of treasures.)

Cindy Revell said...

Thank you Linny. They are indeed treasures, dusty and sometimes falling apart but treasures for certain.

MelissaLouise said...

Love your still life paintings. Inspires me to do my own. :)

Cindy Revell said...

Thanks so much Melissa.