Gathering items for a still life often poses some challenge for me; mostly in my effort to find something new. To start this process, I tend to bring a lot of items together and experiment with arrangements until it “clicks” or I can see it as a painting.
When thinking about the selection for this painting I had a desire to keep it simple. Fruit are a subject that I enjoy painting but I wanted something more. I had this small dark glass bottle that used to hold balsamic vinegar. The shape of it I’ve always admired and found interesting visually. When I put it with the apples and orange it just seemed to work.
In this still life painting, I continue to express an interest in line as part of the composition vs. making that fade away. I think this moves the work to an expression beyond the apparent subjects and closer to the spirit in which the paintings emerge.