©2010 Lori McNee
Still Life in Blue & White
I was inspired by the iridescent blues of the Blue Jay and same beautiful colors repeated in the Chinese vase. Blues have a calming effect on people and are easy to look at and live with.
Tags: bird art, bird painting, blue jay, lori mcnee, original oil painting, still life painting
I love this painting so much! I really like the reflection of the grapes on the vessel.
Hi Joan! Good to see you here. I appreciate the comment. This painting was quite the challenge, I am glad it is getting a good response. Hope to have you submit a guest article on FineArtTips.com soon Lori
Lori, I really love your painting of the Blue jay perched on the blue patterned vase. It’s so beautifully done. Shared link to this page on my FB page. Have a nice day dear and a glorious celebration on your birthday today. Love, Shobha
Thank you Shobha! It is great to see you visiting here on my website…thanks for the nice comments and for sharing this on Facebook.
Best – Lori
I really love this painting- its so expressive yet so calm and the blue jay is so realistic and beutifully matches the vase, I hope you don’t mind me studying it for my art class ^^’
Thank you Laura. You know, we all learn from each other and it is a compliment and honor to teach others.
I am speechless. Your work is elegant. I love birds and yours have cought my eye. Beautiful. Have a blessed day
Monica, how kind of you to stop by for a visit. Comments like yours make all the work worth the effort!
Your painting has brought me some comfort. My father passed away March 22, 2010. He suffered a head injury after a fall he took in a nursing home. He peacefully passed away in a hospice with music from the 1930′s and 40′s playing and his wife of 40′s years holding his hand.I was very close with my dad and loved him dearly. I had just kissed him minutes before and told him my husband and I were going outside in the gardens to have lunch. I told him it was a beautiful day and that I loved him. As my husband and I sat at a picnic table, we were discussing whether or not I want to be in the room when my Dad takes his last breath. I didn’t, but I had begged my Dad over the past two weeks of watching him suffer that when he was ready to leave, to give me a sign that he was there with me and he was okay. Well, he did. A blue jay flew across the gardens of the hospice and landed next to me and sang while staring at me. When he flew towards me I could see the sun’s rays between his feathers. He sang and ate bread we threw him, then he took off the branch and flew next to me, so close I could touch him, and he landed on the ground next to me and sang some more. My husband looked at me in shock and awe, and I said “maybe it’s my Daddy”. My father died the very moment the blue jay came to me from across the other side of the gardens. My husband saw it too and said that the bird looked like it was flying with a mission. As a worker from the hospice came out the door to tell me my Dad took a turn for the worse, I walked towards the doors, knowing he had died and glanced back at the bird. He was back in the branch, still singing and still staring at me. He didnt even eat the bread we left him. I know that was a sign from my dad, that he was gone from his body, but still very much with me. Several months later, and I know my dad is here with me, but when I do forget and break down in tears and cry for his comfort… a blue jay will appear, wherever I am, and he will sing. Thank you, for your beautiful art~
Oh, one more thing … I noticed you live or lived in Idaho. I now live in Texas and have lived here since 2001. But I was raised in Idaho, Pocatello when I was little. Then we moved to Sugar City when I was in the 5th grade and lived there till I was almost 17. I tell my husband all the time about the memories I have with my dad going to Yellowstone park, since it was only a two hour drive for us. I miss those mountains and all the beautiful wildlife.
Yes, I can imagine. I know right where tiny ‘Sugar City’ is and drive through there on my way to Jackson Hole. It is beautiful, all that rural country with the Tetons in the distance…I would miss it too.
Thanks for your thoughts.
I just noticed this heartfelt comment deep in my inbox and I apologize for the delay in replying. Wow. I always feel that birds and animals have a 6th sense and who knows??? It means a lot for you to share your story here with me and I am sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is a difficult passage that I dread.
Your story has given me chills. I will never look at a blue jay quite the same way ever again…thanks for that. In fact, I will think of your dad.
This is one of the most beautiful paintings I’ve ever seen. God Bless you Talent!!!! You are great.
I like how the vase and the bird blend together sharing the same color, one alive, soft, the other hard, symmetrical, and stationery. I would have made the background to gradate softer without such a startling change into dark brown. The grapes are playful and as if the most alive. In a way they take most of the attention.
I love this Painting!
I love your blue and white and I do lots of it myself. Please visit me on http://www.facebook.com/connieealesartist.
The blue and white shifts were challenging to paint…
Hello Jiri, thanks for the suggestions and feedback. There are so many ways one can tackle a painting. When I look back at older pieces, I can see more easily see the different options. Thanks for the visit.
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