STILL LIFE PAINTINGS
I just completed this painting after two or three weeks of working on it. The Sitar, a musical instrument from India, was the inspiration for the painting. Then the other objects took their places as I worked at developing a hormonious collection, one that felt like it worked design wise. Seems like the musical objects are leading me on this exploratory quest.
"Ohio Pottery and Antique Copper"
"Fresh Cut Flowers"
This painting was triggered by a photo I had taken in either Chicago or San Fancisco of a neighborhood flower shop we passed. In front of it were so many cellophane sleeves of sunflowers, beautifully inviting in their golden hues. Of course, I have now rearranged them, and have added some pottery pieces I own and love. The choices were based on items of some colors where I felt their presence would intensify the floral colors. If it were my flower shop I'm sure I would have items like these in the window to complete the display.
watercolor 22"h x 30"w
Enjoy the freshness of the morning, amidst a Jardiniere filled with roses, coffee cups with cream, and the loveliness of the new day beginning in the still of this moment.
The simplicity of this completed painting belies the intensity of labor involved in creating it. I love the freshness of the clean composition. Its graceful curvilinear shapes placed themselves for me, as I worked with the objects. I feel like I held my breath most of the time when I worked on it, hoping not to upset the perfection of how I felt it was developing.
"Still-life in the Studio" watercolor 22"x 30"
A recently completed painting inspired by the beautiful objects themselves, and the combination of them as I saw how they influenced each other. Painting the deep green bottle and the copper can are two real pleasures for me, because of the challenge they represent, and my delight in the results.
"Sparrow Visits the Tuscan Market"
In this painting I am using the Poppy image, representative of Italy's fields of poppies, as a backdrop for the array of colorful items in the street market in Italy. It's a pictorial device I am experimenting with to create a somewhat different still life scenario.
"Funky Tea" watercolor 22"x 30"
Here it's the interplay of the selected patterns and colors that generate excitement. The particular objects update still-life into 21st Century imagery.
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"In a Tuscan Market"
An outdoor market I encountered on my painting trip to Italy filled my thoughts with beautiful objects, unexpected, and so picturesque. The colorful and unique wares I saw displayed there, got me going on this painting.
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" In a Market in Tuscany" watercolor 22"x 30"
Items from my painting trip to Italy brought new items into my painting vocabulary.wares painted here.
"Street Market in Tuscany"
My trip to Italy was the impetus for this painting, and several others, as I recalled my excitement in coming upon different types of wares in the open markets, and, of course, bringing some home with me.
"Market in Florence"
A Myriad of objects revealed themselves to me, as I traveled from city to city, filling my vision to capacity, and then feeling anxious to move on, to absorb new sights, smells, memories.
"Glads and Rosebuds" watercolor 22"x 30"30"
"Pastel Day Lilies" watercolor 22"x30"
The patterns and colors of these objects inspired the grouping as a setup for this still-life painting. I painted much of it in demonstrating watercolor painting at the Michigan State Fair a few years ago.