Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wisconsin still life
When I was visiting her in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in October, my friend Robin took me to this great secondhand store where I could not resist buying these items, despite the fact that there was no way I could carry them back on the train with me. I bought them and Robin got stuck trying to find a box big for them and mailing them to me!
That brass vase subconsciously reminded me of Cloud Gate, where we had been a few days earlier, though I didn't make the connection until later--I had to have it.
And my teacher Carolyn, who died two years ago this February, always had turquoise-glass Ball jars, which I used in a couple of my still lifes in her class, like the unfinished one below, so I had to have those too.
(15x22) The humongous box arrived yesterday--a great day in so many ways!
One of monthly goals for 2009 is to set up a still life with at least six objects in it and paint it on a full (22x30)or half sheet (15x22), as we did in Carolyn'sclass, where I think I did some of my best work and which I really miss.
This isn't the setup, but I think I will use at least some of these objects. Maybe I can make it self-portrait too ... that's me reflected in the brass.
This is one of the still lifes I did in Carolyn's class. Now, two years later, I can't believe I painted those cloths.
This painting brings up a question: What's your favorite blue--shade and brand?