This window was finished spring of 2017. We had been having problems with squirrels in our attic, so I did a few paintings with squirrels in them. This is the second one in the series. It has a squirrel looking out a window at a field of sunflowers, because every squirrel wishes they had their own field of sunflowers. We have two “bird” feeders which I keep filled with sunflower seeds. The squirrels let the birds have some, sometimes.Read More
One of Richard’s latest pieces “Tale of the Silent Crow” was completed at the beginning of this year. It is just one of many in a series of trompe-l’oeil windowscapes with birds and other creatures involved. This one entails crows throughout the painting. Richard stated “I think crows are interesting; the one on the window ledge I photographed in a parking lot at the beach years ago. I like his pose and finally put him into one of my paintings. He seems to be trying to talk to the crow inside of the window, a decoy, the silent crow.” He went on to explain the detail and color used in this work. “On the perimeter of the window I used a different texture that I haven’t used before. I also cut 30 leaves out of canvas, painted each one, then attached them to the canvas. As you can see some of them (leaves) extending beyond the edge of the canvas.”Read More
This painting is called “Neighbors”. As with all my windows, this one is painted as if you were outside looking in. There is a reflection of a Neighbors house in the upper part of the window and a still life with a cat in the lower part. The “Neighbors” the title refers to are the natural ones outside the window. They include: the squirrel, a Carolina Wren, a lizard, a Tree Frog, two Butterflies, a Hummingbird, a Grasshopper, and a Lady bug. The Cat in the window is one of my cats. She is very special because she brings flowers to the door of our home. She started this 7-8 years ago. The first time I saw her carrying one, I thought she had a Cardinal. She saw me coming, dropped it, and walked away. The flower was a Camellia that had dropped off the bush. Some days she will bring 15-20 blossoms up the driveway to the door. My wife is a florist and likes the flowers better than what our other cats bring to the door. I’ve been lucky a few times to get pictures of her carrying flowers.
This painting was hanging at the Lake City Public Library and Technology Center for ArtFields in Lake City, SC On Main St. (April 24-May 2, 2015)