Saturday, January 5, 2013

Still Life

Spent all day Friday painting Kat Sowa's spacious and light-filled Studio 30 with an inspiring group of artists.  My kind of fun!  I started off with a monochromatic study of a still life, cluttered with many overlapping objects, some transparent or reflective. It was a process of careful observation and selection, what to include or leave out.  It is challenging for me to paint architectural or other man-made objects without being too precise on edges and details, after years of architectural drafting and design.  It seems more interesting to suggest details without  being too literal.  The arched Gothic window frame reminded me of nearby St. John's Bridge.  After that, I was ready to get loose and get wild with color, more later.

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