These are some examples of still-life practice I had done during the depths of winter. Incidentally, I had already composed a post about typical winter practice for this plein air painter, but somehow I guess I hadn't enabled the post to publish. So here's another attempt.
A daffodil had popped up outside my door--and later snatched up by a neighbor. So these are from a local florist. I like the pairing of fruit and flowers.
I should add that the still life's and portraits are painted ala Prima--I.e., directly in the space of 2 or 3 hours. I mention this as a "plug" for a course I am about to teach at the South County Art Association in Kingston, RI. The course will explore several fun ways of painting in ala Prima spontaneity.
Portrait Study, oil on illustration board, 16x20
The above portrait was done at Kate Huntington's fabulous portrait group which meets Tuesday's at
Providence Picture Frame. Such group sessions as well as solitary sessions in which still life is produced allow the artist time and mental space for experimental methods.
I love impressionist painting but there is also the influence of the Tonalist School in my work. I love the outdoors, especially the coastline, beach, rocks, and waves. I believe in a life beyond the commercial saturation of society,and I find life without poetry and music unliveable. I love the paintings of Sorolla, Sargent, and Metcalf; the music of Rachmaninov, Borodin, and Bizet; and poems of Rumi and other Sufis.