This is a still life watercolor painted in the realist tradition. It is my interpretation of a bird leaving its nest for the first time. In this case it is a robin with the nest being a pure white bowl.  I used warm brown hues for the background. That would typically be used for the nest but I wanted the nest to be without blemish.  I liked the curve of the spoon and the spoon was my dad's.  He served in the Navy during WWII and the spoon came from the mess hall on board ship.

- Dwight Smith

Leaving the Nest

Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

8" h x 8" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.



Dwight Smith
Bradenton, Florida

Getting to Know Dwight

Dwight Smith depicts commonplace objects with a sense of playfulness and humor. His watercolor still life paintings appear conventional in their soft colors and composed compositions, but upon further observation the juxtaposition of unrelated items make for delightfully surprising combinations and comparisons. This transformation of the everyday, and strong graphic style, lend the work a pop feel. However, pop art is generally cool and ironic. Instead, there is a familiar and comforting sense of kitsch and Americana in Dwight’s subjects. In a similar fashion to the work of American artist Wayne Thiebaud, Dwight paints food and sweets of the American appetite. Doughnuts, hotdogs, and lollipops are captured in all of their potent delight. He plays with scale and composition to bring out a sense of the absurd, but ultimately his goal is to make the viewer smile.