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Friday, June 21, 2013

Still Life Food for Thought

Artists are always seeking or developing their style.  I am no different.  All of us strive for a recognizable consistency in our work.  This has taken me years to find.  And lots of painting.  Lots of painting!
When I first began painting I wanted to paint only abstracts.  I primarily used oils.  Continuing studies in art history nudged me in the direction of realism, and a stint as a gallery manager of a wildlife art gallery pushed me over the line and farther away from non-objective painting.  I became obsessed with the 17th century Dutch painting style and copied some of those grand paintings to understand lighting, placement and detail in the still life. 
Abraham Van Beyeren (1667) "ostentatious" still life
I even went so far as to paint an entire show of still life works in oils based on the Dutch images--dark backgrounds, emphasis on a group of flowers, play of light on surfaces.  I learned much about consistency and style with that show.
A decade later I am still seeking, but remain focused on still life.  A simplified, modernized still life.  Acrylic.  With the object in the middle of the painting or close to it.  Maybe closer to Pop Art?  It surprises me.  This is why art is a lifetime pursuit.

Mona Vivar, "All American", 11 inches x 14 inches, acrylic on canvas

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