A Man of Many Talents

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Clayton may not usually cook for the family, but he can cook and produces delicious dishes when he does.  In this photograph he had just finished preparing mincemeat for his 2017-2022 Christmas pies (one jar per pie, one pie per year).  He also produced three plum puddings, which he shared with two brothers who will enjoy them come Christmas.  Clayton says, “Both of these desserts need to sit refrigerated for a long time so the flavors can blend and mellow.”

February 22nd

Goldfinch, winter, JCBright, February 22nd

Every year we set up several bird feeders, including one with nyger seed for the Goldfinches.  By late fall these finches are no longer gold, though the males still have a small epaulet of yellow.  What Clayton saw and painted here appears to be a female American Goldfinch, which, while never having the brilliance of the males, becomes even drabber in color in winter.  She is perched just above the nyger bird feeder just as the morning sunlight cants across the pergola where she is resting.  The background snow below remains in shadow, hence its bluish color.

This painting, February 22nd, is oil on linen on panel:  8 by 11 inches; $1450 framed.


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