Monday, March 31, 2008

Cardinal Spring, Texas Red Bird, Pink Japonica

© 2008 Vernita Bridges-Hoyt
Cardinal Spring
10"x8" oil on canvas

This piece was painted partially plein aire and partially in the studio. The background and pink japonica bush are plein aire from a day at the farm. I added the Cardinal once I was back in the studio. The japonica bush was my mother's, and at the time of this painting the bare limbs were just beginning to burst forth in bloom. As time has passed since my mother's death six years ago, I have decided to keep this painting featuring two of her favorite things—the Cardinal and the pink japonica bush.