Creative inspiration comes from many places and I’m no stranger to a thrift shop shelve of treasures; besides there’s something that feels really good about buying “used” outside of the recycling factor. And while I can appreciate “new” it’s not always necessary.
So it is for the pitcher in this still life – a somewhat recent thrift shop acquisition. I went with the intention of seeing what kind of things I might find inspiring as still life subjects. In less than 5 minutes my eyes rested upon this lovely vessel. I liked the simple ordinary quality it had and the price was right – I think $5 with 50% off. Hard to pass that up! After getting it home, I had to think about it a bit in terms of potential use. An uncertainty stirred inside me as I wasn’t clear on what I would put with the object for a painting, as charming as it was. Before long I had gathered up a few other handmade ceramic “rejects” I had around seeing their shapes as interesting and their imperfections attractive.
Clearly not a realistic representation as this is something I might have done in the past. I keep finding these abstractions compelling ingredients to my creative process and a space in which I can continue to explore color and the order of things in a way that makes room for the glorious imperfections and abstractions of life.