The old Indian canteen is one of my prized still life vessels that I own. Believe it or not, I bought it off of eBay! I found myself in a huge bidding war over this piece, but the late 1800’s antique canteen has been worth the big purchase price.
I was inspired by the warm patina on the pottery and wanted to repeat that earthy feeling with the appropriate bird. Like Acoma pottery, the Canyon Wren is from the South West. Wrens are lively little creatures, so I chose a dynamic pose to add a sense of energy to the painting.