This still life emerged in a rather impromptu way while I was doing some studio cleaning after having finished a painting. In the process I was lightly considering what to work on next with no clear idea.
For some reason, I remembered I had a packed up a bunch of vintage bottles and canning jars last summer as I was getting ready to sell my house. I’ve always loved vintage bottles and jars. Canning jars in particular have intrigued me. There’s something creative and artful in their design. I unpacked a few and began creating this arrangement. I paused some, wondering if this was really where I wanted to go and then dove in! (Sometimes that’s just what I need to do.)
Keeping the arrangement simple, soft colorful reflections started to become clear. As I roughed in the shapes the composition started to develop. Working with a lot of variations of white I hoped to hone in on the beautiful subtle hues that were present. They became a grounding point for intensification and expression throughout the composition.
I’m really happy with the small painting and plan on doing a few more in a slightly larger scale with the hope of gaining more insight into the perimeters of reflections and color.