"Goldfinch with Mullein"
"Goldfinch with Mullein" by Robert Bateman
Limited Edition on Paper
Edition Size: 950 artist signed and numbered prints
Image Size: 21-1/8" x 16-3/4"
Issue Price: Canadian $335.00; approx. US $268.00
"In this painting, I
like the way the old leaves have a textured, sculptural quality that relates to the eroded
embankment. The soft, adulatory forms of the grassy hillside are a backdrop to the
sentinel-like ramrods of mature mullein stocks. Although many consider them just weeds, to
me the mullein plants have the nobility of some ancient aristocrat. The goldfinch is not
an afterthought. I put him in the painting partly to give scale, and partly because he is
usually found in this type of habitat. I left the bottom unfinished because I enjoyed the
sketchy quality of my brush strokes, and I liked the artistic element provided by the
white negative spaces." - Robert Bateman