“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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Hope you enjoy!

Tea Cubby and Grapes

A New Art Hashtag!

I’ve been busy hosting an online still life networking group, and each month we paint a theme and have guest speakers to increase our skillsets. This month we painted Metals, meaning silver, brass or copper. This was my contribution.

Ideas and concepts that fill my photography files or imaginary concepts and rattle away in my head for years before the impulse grabs me with inspiration to paint it. It’s a real exciting experience when a moment of time opens up when you know you have the requisite skill and idea with childlike excitement to create something you think is beautiful and you want to paint it. There ought to be a name for it, like ICANTWAITTOGETPAINTONTHECANVAS. In the meantime it’s a new hashtag.

Enjoy Tea Cubby and Grapes. It’s 8 x 10 and is framed in black, gold or silver. Contact me for more information or see See Available Work.

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