Friday, March 7, 2008

Harmony in Green and Gold, day 2

Starting a new painting is a bit like falling in love. You are both new to each other, there is great excitement, you can't wait to learn everything there is about each other. I fell hard for this still life. That first day was quite magical, short though it was, and promised some delightful days ahead in the studio. But the next day I came down with the flu. I wanted to be at my easel, laughing with the grapes, enjoying the twinkle of the stem bowl, exploring the mysteries in the shadows, discovering the subtleties that made this still life so appealing. It wanted me there too, wanted to know how good an artist I am, am I sensitive and poetic, are my skills mature enough to put into paint just how beautiful it is. For 10 days we were separated. Finally, this morning after breakfast, we met in the studio. I fumbled with a few different brushes, attempted some lame brushwork, it was an awkward conversation. I went back to the fruit in the stem bowl which had so charmed me the first day. Before long the grapes were laughing again, the glass began to sing, we were back together again.....


1 comment:

LRMDLM84 said...

Ah... having seen the painting in person only yesterday (Tuesday)during our conversation I know how successful the relationship is between you, the artist, and the dancing bowl of fruit! Your mention of "relationships" with your paintings is not something we touched upon while talking but I am glad I have read about it here on your blog!