I made this painting to honor the death of my mother, who loved thistles, Scotland, and Robert (she called him Bobby) Burns. A Goldfinch perches among the rosy thistle blooms.
This quote is a slight variation on the last two lines of his poem:
Epitaph on my own Friend.
An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
The original painting is done in gouache on watercolor paper. I print it on Fabriano watercolor paper with archival inks. I add small details in gouache to make each print one of a kind.
The paper size is 11" x 14" and the image is 10" x 10". This is a small edition of 50. I number each print, add the title: Bliss, and sign my name. I am happy to personalize for someone special.