I Was Feeling Adventurous {New Paintings}

I thought I’d share what’s been going on in the studio lately. I feel like I’ve been so busy painting and doing other artsy things that I haven’t had much time to document anything. So I apologize about the ghost town over here. If you’re ever wondering what in the world I’m up to, hop over to my Instagram page because I’m always posting over there.

I have three new paintings this fall, and each of them are quite different:

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“Portrait of Autumn” {12×24 oil, $950}

Portrait of Autumn takes a turn toward more vibrant color and deeper darks than my more recent paintings have gone. I was inspired by this textured and aged table as the backdrop for a fall themed painting. It was truly an enjoyable painting to complete. Of course I had to get my new obsession in – feathers – and pair them up with my pears and sticks.

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“Dark Flight” {8×8 oil, $495}

Next is by far the most unique piece I’ve ever painted – Dark Flight. I have been enjoying the work of Michael Klein lately, and decided that I had to try a dark painting. Well, I really enjoyed finding different colors of black for the background -veering into browns and then blues with the scratchy background was especially fun. I brought some softness in with the… yeah, the feathers, again (you can plan the intervention now cause I have no intentions of ceasing to paint or collect feathers).

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“Keys to My Heart” {5×7 oil, $190}

The last and definitely the smallest, is my itty bitty key painting. Oh, yes, the skeleton keys that I can’t get enough of and I decided to make them the focus in Keys to My Heart. It’s the first in a series of suspended keys with varying themes of unlocking positive emotions and freedom from negative thoughts. It’s all still brewing in my mind. This painting is now available until January at the Arnot Art Museum along with 8 other paintings. Stop by to see the Holiday Art Market featuring a handful of our local artists.

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The Caretaker’s Empty Nest {Fictionette}

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The Caretaker’s Empty Nest {9×12 oil, $575} ©Rebecca Finch

While painting this still life, I became quite emotional and nostalgic as I experienced a small form of empty nest, myself. My little baby had just started Kindergarten and was also taking the bus for the first time. I must say that every time that bus pulls away, my heart aches. So this painting took on that bittersweet tone and a story developed as its backdrop that might just give you the warm fuzzies. 

The Caretaker’s Empty Nest
by Rebecca Finch

The Caretaker's Empty Nest

He laid the nest gingerly on the weathered table. It was a mesmerizing swirl of twigs, string, hair and feathers. He tried to recall how long it had been since the two birds had moved into the foliage beside his shed. He’d occasionally unlocked the old gate to peek in on their house project as they came and went, gathering supplies. The dense bush there provided visual protection, however he still managed to see down through their wooded skylight to watch every preparation.

It was only a few weeks later the silence was continually broken with intense chirping as mother and father bird made countless trips to feed their babies. Through the night, and on through the day, they took shifts. Then the feathers grew in and the chirp pitches lowered. Their first falls and first successful flights. He’d been there to see it all – cheering quietly, indulging his curiosity, stifling a gasp here and a chuckle there. Each stage rekindled memories of the growing and changing of his own children, years ago.
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Seeing more than just a bird’s nest, he gathered the feathers that had fallen to the floor of his old cabin. They were like old toys left behind by now grown children; representations of a life stage now past. He would keep the nest as a mother keeps a family scrapbook.

But now he needed something to fill the space that watching over this tiny family had filled over the last two months. There was an emptiness, like a house, oddly still during the first day of school. The void brought his thoughts full circle and before he knew it, he was on the phone talking to his daughter. With children of her own chattering away and filling days with memories to be stored for her own twilight years, father and daughter reconnected.

Contact Rebecca or West End Gallery
for more information on this painting.

Wedding Vows {the objects}

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Wedding Vows   {12×24 oil • $575}

Filled with meaning, “Wedding Vows” embodies wishes for the bride and groom.

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WeddingVows RebeccaFinch-1-3The Symbols 

Pears symbolize abundance. May husband and wife find great abundance of love, life and happiness.

May their love have longevity and may they be faithful to each other as the lemon represents.

May pink tulips recall the need to care for and attach themselves to each other.

Let the lime perhaps as unseen and hidden as it may be, bring forth growth of character as they start a new life together. Marriage exposes our selfishness and all the things that were once hidden that now need to be addressed in our own lives. That almost forgotten aspect of growth is crucial and inevitable in healthy relationships.

As the pink rose symbolizes, may the couple be reminded to be grateful even when life seems lean and sparse as it often does from time to time.

May the lavender rose remind them how they fell in love at first sight and what it was that brought them together.

WeddingVows RebeccaFinch-1-7The Objects 

Each silver object was owned by my husband’s Great-Grandmother, the letter is in my Grandmother’s handwriting, the blue ink bottle was a gift from my friend after I had hand-lettered her wedding invitations and the calligraphy pen was a gift from my husband while we were dating.

Each object has a story and a connection
which is what makes Wedding Vows so full of meaning for myself
and I believe those who will view it. 

See images of Wedding Vows from start to finish in the Painting Progression post.

Contact Rebecca for more information about Wedding Vows.

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Unlocking Old Secrets {fictionette}

"Unlocking Old Secrets I" © Rebecca Finch

“Unlocking Old Secrets III”   {6×6 • $295}   ©Rebecca Finch

Unlocking Old Secrets
by Rebecca Finch

It was older than the others and perhaps curiosity lured the girl to speculate what use it had to the deceased authoress.

She turned to the estate manager. Glancing over his glasses he mumbled, “Yes, take it. I have no need of that key. I don’t know why she kept it, it’s been tangled in her jewelry all these years…” His voice drifted out of notice while she freed the smallest key from its entrapment of cheap gold chains and smoothed it’s cold iron between her fingers.

What secrets had this miniscule key held back from all the world? 

Next to an unremarkable glass collection, her eyes rested on the madam’s final book, a memoir. What secrets, indeed?

“I’ll take that book, too.” Surprised at her own assertiveness she handed him two coins, gathered her treasures and let the door shut behind her before his “good day, Miss” could echo through the house. Stopping just outside the door, she checked her pockets and confirmed the presence of three coins ensuring a meager dinner for the family as Mother had instructed.

Had she known how the memoir and key could work together to reshape her life, she would have emptied her pockets, plundered the jar of coins hidden beneath the kitchen floorboards and yielded her last crumb of bread in exchange for them.

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"Unlocking Old Secrets II" © Rebecca Finch

“Unlocking Old Secrets II”   (8×8 • $495}   ©Rebecca Finch

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“Unlocking Old Secrets I”   {12×12 • $650}   @Rebecca Finch

WestEndGallery-6 • View the Unlocking Old Secrets Collection at West End Gallery’s next opening reception on May 1st, 2015.

• For more information about Rebecca’s Unlocking Old Secrets Collection, feel free to contact Rebecca or West End Gallery.