One of the responses from a Presque Isle State Park naturalist was Wake Robin. I thought ok but wasn't quite sure why she recommended such a name. I mean there is a Robin in the painting but why the word 'Wake' ? By happy coincidence I looked up 'wake' on my computer dictionary (yes I look up words even though the meaning should be obvious) and behold the name 'Wake-Robin' popped up below 'wake'. To my surprise when I clicked on 'Wake-Robin' I found out it was another name for Trillium! I have never heard this before and if I had I sure was not paying attention. After thanking my friend from the state park she informed me it was an old flower name given that tells a story. I did some research and about all I could find was this quote "The plant takes its name "wake-robin" by analogy with the robin, which has a red breast heralding spring."
Talk about synchronicity, I had no idea of this old analogy when I wanted to paint the Robin and the trilliums together. I had photographed both subjects the same day at Elk Creek last Spring. For me they just seemed to go together and they must have for others also long ago. Yes I still have the word Spring in the title but now it tells a story.
If you should have any more reference on Wake-Robin and its origin please let me know.
As for the painting itself I have been experimenting with different grounds with acrylics. This one has light modeling paste as the ground. I'm still not sure about it so need to do more paintings before i blog about my conclusions.
So stay tuned and enjoy your day.
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