This little chair is a charmer with wonderful ‘bones’. It inspired me to paint the cohesive wide soft stripes behind the flowers and butterflies. All the butterflies are real species and most are native to the Northeastern US which is where the little girl who now owns this chair lives. Of course I would never ignore the back!! Don’t you just love Lunar moths? I chose to paint wild flowers like Chicory and wild Asters which are so much less formal and more likely to be part of a child’s real world.
Not everything I paint has to be realism. Once in a while I do something like this chair with just designs. This child’s rocking chair was inspired by an abstract wrought iron lamp from the room into which it was intended to go. It was designed to be neither very masculine nor very feminine. As in anything I do the underlying theme is balance. When the artistic tensions within a piece are in balance there is a sense of pleasure and comfort. Of course I still had to paint sort of signature critter on it. Can you find it? Hint, it is not an insect this time!!!