A Fainting In The Botanical Gardens. 20″x24″, oil on canvas. SOLD.
Women just don’t faint like they used to. This occurred to me the other day as I watched Nashville (the Robert Altman movie– not the tv show– which I do watch as well when I have a big glass of viognier in my hand and I feel like rocking out). Anyway, in the film there is a scene where the leading lady supposedly faints and spends a week or so recovering in the hospital. I was pretty fascinated by it so I felt it necessary to explore it in a painting. I get the sense that our lady fainter is actually a Canadian who just discovered that spring has finally arrived. The sight of so much colour and beauty overwhelms her and she collapses by a tree, only to be woken when a deer sniffs her ankles.