“Vessels and Branches” 10″ x 8″ oil on canvas $175
The simplicity that can be found in a still life is something I find attractive. It’s not always easy for me to simplify and garner the essence of what I am looking at in terms of it’s basic forms but it’s getting easier.
In this painting I enjoyed the experience of being at a friends house to paint. Encountering a variety of objects that were new to me was inspiring. The shape of the pitcher was of particular interest, as was the sparse yet delicate potted plant. I’m not sure what type of flowering plant it was but I was attracted to the vulnerability of the bare stems in contrast to the more substantial pottery around it. The lights and shadows created interesting additional shapes to explore and edit as I developed the composition.
What I identified with in part by working on this still life was an appreciation for the patterns of life and the rich design they can create. In some ways they seem to act like a vessel holding me in place for a period of time so my branches can grow stronger.