Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Pet Bird

 My Pet Bird


Another painting going to Nantucket Country!  This particular piece was inspired by the many sheep that called Nantucket their home back in the 1700-1800's.  Because Nantucket was an island, there were virtually no natural predators making it a perfect place for shepherding sheep. 

 Nantucket was one of the largest whaling capitals in the world in the 1700's and early 1800's.  Large number of settlers that came to the island brought sheep.  By 1845 it was estimated that there were over 15,000 sheep grazing on the island.  The sheep overgrazed trees and shrubs, allowing low-growing heathland  and grassland plants to develop without competition for sunlight and nutrients.  

Although this painting is "make believe," it represents a time in history that actually existed. The little bird in the left tree is what the painting is actually about.  The lady in the picture is holding an empty birdcage.  There is a small amount of script above the left tree that says, "My Pet Bird." 

 I like to decorate with antiques and work reproductions into my home decorating.   

3 comments:

sewbetsy said...

I think this might be a new favorite of mine for your landscapes ! You should do a post on your house we would love to see it !!!

Kolene Spicher said...

I will do a post of the house, and I am going to start with my art room!

Kolene Spicher said...

Sold to Nantucket Country