“Garlic and Tonic”

Life is in the Light"Garlic and Tonic" 8" x 10" Oil on Linen

We’ve been talking about the idea of “Concepts” in painting in a Still Life Oil Group I host. Concepts are the idea behind a painting and that idea is very personal. It might be beauty or it might be dark, but it’s painted using the Language of Art, something that is conveyed using shadow and light. We’ve discussed finding a common thread of what excites us when we paint, and I find that my concept is usually centered around movement of light from a collection of objects. It’s feels like a dance and when I am done, it feels like magic.

I really concentrated on the low tonal concept in this painting allowing for the quiet movement of light throughout the painting. I used very little brushwork to communicate the form of the water glass in the background as it was a supporting and grounding character. I wanted the flow of light to move through the table top through each item, reflect off the glass and continue on ending in the garlic skin on the left. It was about flow and the dancing of light. Life is IN THE LIGHT.

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