The idea for this painting came to me one day when I was looking out my window and saw this huge bully of a Robin chasing off a small chickadee so that it could have the berries on the Pyracantha bush all to itself. It was mid-autumn and the bush was just overladen with red berries. There was enough to feed a whole flock of birds. Many of the small birds had to wait on a nearby Salix bush while this Robin gorged itself, waiting for their turn. I thought to myself, even amongst birds, civility is lacking. Like many things nowadays, we can only dream of a perfect world where respect, politeness and responsibility is plentiful and the norm. A place where birds of all sizes and breeds can flock together and share.
In the painting, I used the mosaic method to show how light and shadows cast by the sun changes as its rays penetrates the thickness of the bush. It creates an interesting backdrop as well as saving me some time in painting more leaves. Think of it like when you are taking a picture with your camera and you place a focus on a subject whereby the surrounding environment blurs and becomes the background.
I wanted a whimsical feel for the sky, something that depicts cotton-feel clouds and shows the different shades of the sky in between them.
I have to admit that when it comes to pairing a painting with a title that will live up to its image, I am beyond my depths. So I turned to my lovely niece Charlyne who has a knack for anything literal and lovely. On her first try she came up with Harvest Song which in my mind says it all – the birds happily enjoying their feasts with no worries at all and if you listen carefully, can you not hear their delightful chirps?