Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Still Life of a Chinese Vase with Dried Roses, 11" x 14"

"Chinese Vase with Dried Roses"

This 11" x 14" painting of a Chinese vase with dried roses is the seventh in a series of concept paintings that represent a new body of work. There is a lot going on in this painting that belies it's simplicity. The brushwork is expressive and the paint layer generous. While the background is fairly shallow, there is a quality of airiness to it. I'm still working with a digital camera here and so the values on the front egg do not read exactly correct. It is a little darker than the one behind it so that it provides the first and only object in the foreground on which the light first breaks, leading you to the second which is in full more intense light.

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