|Still Life I - Wine Glass and Diary - acrylic on panel - 16x16 - 2015|
There are "objects" in many of my paintings - fans, furniture, objets d'art, jewelry, toilet articles, etc. - but never once have I done a straightforward still-life. In preparing my upcoming show, I thought I'd give that a try, just for the hell of it, eh? And I have to say, working on these two little still-lifes was the most fun I've had painting in years. Unlike my usual pattern of having to force myself to sit down and start painting, I just couldn't wait to get back to these, each and every day I was working on them. There was some strange kind of joy I found in just describing the shape and color and texture of the different materials.
|One of the dwindling number of hand-blown Hungarian - or was it Rumanian?... Bulgarian...? - glasses|
which I've had since the early Eighties, purchased not long after I moved out to live on my own.
|The back side of my grandmother's diary from 1930-32, when she was finishing high school and starting college.|
I bought G the Chinese brass Feng Shui "lucky gourd" - Wu Lou or Hu Lu - in an import store a few years back.
|Still Life II - Lemon and Turtle - acrylic on panel - 12x12 - 2015.|
The Chinese dish, the pottery, and the float all came to me from my dear Grandmother Betty.
|I bought the little porcelain turtle in the gift shop of Portland's Chinese Garden, while I was visiting with my grandmother.|
It's supposed to bring good luck, and is meant to be carried about in one's pocket.
|The scan doesn't do full justice to the interplay of blues and greens in the various objects - the pottery, the inside of the bowl, the float,|
the reflection of color onto the underside of the lemon - nor to the warmth of the lemon's color.