Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches
FINDING A STILL LIFE
Hmmm, it's also been over a month since I painted a fruit painting, another of my favorite subjects. This one is a slightly different take on the found still life idea.
Several years ago, I did some still life set ups. Formal things, with the subjects carefully arranged. They just never seemed right to me, though. That's when I started leaving things more to chance, preferring to find naturally occurring arrangements. Finally, as a result of my Old Masters' Series, in which I took horses, mainly, as well as dogs and, even, occasionally, fruit or flowers out of Old Masters' paintings, making them larger than in the original, and more important, by completely changing their context, I began extracting new compositions from my own research images.
When I came across a series of those early reference photos, I saw new possibilities in them that I had overlooked before. I loaded a few into the PhotoForge App on my iPad and started cropping. Lo and behold, I found a bunch of still life subjects I didn't know I already had at hand. I couldn't wait to give this one life.
Sometimes I'm glad I never throw away my research photographs, even if I don't know at first why I'm keeping them. Ain't life Grand?
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