Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This past Spring I purchased Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty and I'm now reading it for the third time. His descriptions are wonderful and among other things have lead me to try my hand at painting a lemon. I'm including a passage here from page 6.
"That there can never be too much of reality; that the attempt to draw nearer to it-which will fail-will not fail entirely, as it will give us not the fact of lemons and oysters but this, which is its own fact, its own brave assay toward what is.
That description is an inexact, loving art, and a reflexive one; when we describe the world we come closer to saying what we are."
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
It's been a busy summer and I haven't posted anything in a while, but I did get a few paintings done over the past few months and this is one of them. I'd never painted a plum or fig before and I really enjoyed painting the deep blacks and the cool, dusty blueish tones in the lights. Not only had I never painted a fig before, I had never even looked at a green fig closely. I was genuinely surprised to see that it's pink inside and pleasantly sweet. I'll have to paint the inside of one another time!