I am constantly reminded - just because you have looked at something, doesn’t mean that you have seen it. Painting is often a practice of being present and that focused attention is a type of discipline that runs directly counter to the high-speed, plugged in digital world we live in.
So I wondered if I would have this still life done in time for a post this month but instead of rushing along, I decided to slow down and take a longer look at it. I think it could stand another pass with just a bit of nudging here and there. For such a simple arrangement of objects there are a lot of things going on. Some very subtle reflections and color notes. And to observe and capture those unique nuances has been a slow go.
At this point I think I will let it live a while there on the easel and wrangle with it just a little more. It’s like a small military campaign and the battleground is my palette and the canvas the spoils of war.
“If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress” Frederick Douglass
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