Vase of sunflowers...

Sunflowers and cutouts 24x20sm

 

Another painting of yellow sunflowers on a blue patterned background. This background is mostly a tablecloth, but also includes part of a book on Matisse in the bottom left corner. Matisse, Bonnard, Cezanne, and Diebenkorn are just a few of the artists who influence my still life paintings. But especially Matisse in the poetry he gets from the interaction of a few flat shapes and a nice color harmony.

Sunflower cut-outs....

Sunflower Bouquet 24x20sm

 

I liked cropping in tight on these sunflowers for a more graphic image. The flowers and the shapes of the pattern on the tablecloth get simplified into big simple shapes that lock together in a composition I really like. Part of this was influenced by a book from the show of Matisse cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art. I haven’t had the chance to see the show myself, but my mom sent the book to me. I was struck by how he creates moving images from simple, flat shapes. This painting is no where near that flat, but I was influenced a bit by that idea.

This painting is 24×20″.

Sun Flower...

Sun drenched Still life 34x30sm

 

One way I get excited for a new still life is by going to the local grocery store, fish market, or flower shop. My favorite place to get flowers is Hoboken Gardens in Rockport. This fall I’ve picked up a few fun flower arrangements. I wanted to pop the yellow sunflowers by surrounding them with some fun blues. It’s fun to work with sun filled objects to warm up the winter days.

Fresh Catch...

Fresh Catch 48x30sm

 

The fish came out of the freezer to pose for me again recently. This time I looked at some old master still lifes with fish, and noticed an interesting theme. There were quite a few with sliced lemons. The lemons add a nice splash of color, and also help cut through the smell of raw fish sitting under warm lights. Lemons help, but only a little. This painting is 48×30.”  I hope to work with these two little fishies again sometime, so back into the freezer they went.

John Dory...

Dory Fish 20x24sm

 

Now that things are slowing down in my schedule, I’ve finally found time to do some fun still life projects I’ve been kicking around for a while. I thought it would be fun to paint fish as part of a tablescape. The first challenge was finding some whole fish. It turns out it’s hard to find a fish that hasn’t already been processed and fileted. Jess’s Market in Rockland came through for me and had some John Dory for me. It’s a beautiful silvery fish that reflects all kinds of color. Before working with it on a larger painting, I decided to paint a smaller piece. This one is 20×24″ and was a blast to paint, even if the subject got a bit smelly. The fish went into the freezer, ready to pose another day.

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