“Lemon Garnish 16” x 20″ oil on canvas
Still life paintings are something I enjoy practicing with. I think I learn a lot from them and they teach me things that I can use when I’m faced with painting a landscape outdoors.
Shapes are more easily defined in a still life in my opinion. So I think the still life experience as a painter helps me have an easier time defining shapes outdoors where there can be a lot going on that needs to be deciphered and simplified.
In this painting I was drawn to finding the basics and leaving out details. Although on the pitcher and glass I added in hints of the etchings present in them. Some of the colors were played up and made more vivid to highlight contrasts, perhaps making them a more important part of this story. I like leaving parts of my under painting exposed. I feel this is part of the work that doesn’t always have to be covered with more paint.
This painting was just accepted to a juried show and will be on display at the Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, NJ beginning in May.