"The Suitors" - Cardinals
This print is from the original oil by Daniel F. Heuer. It is available in a signed edition and open edition.
The female cardinal looks over her choice of male birds with confidence and poise. She is not used to so much attention and is enjoying every minute of it. But on the rose branch just beneath her, it is a completely different story. The pair of male birds faces off to each other, and displays not only their beautiful red colors, but also their intent on letting her know that they are both interested. These beautiful birds are her "suitors”, and she will pick one before too many feathers fly. I wonder who it will be? I really enjoyed working on this piece; it was a lot of fun to intertwine the birds, roses, and old wooden fence into one element. I like to use light and shadows to show depth, and it is really fun when it all starts to fall into place. Of course falling into place is a loose term, and it doesn’t always happen on the first try, yet the experience of creating an exciting scene is not only challenging but also rewarding. This is a backyard scene and it is a creation of my imagination, although, I have seen two birds in a similar situation, the third bird was my way of interjecting a little tension into it all. And once again the question remains, who will she choose... I know, but I am not telling! I hope those of you who choose to own a copy of this enjoy it as much as I did in creating it.