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Blue Birds

Oil on linen panel. 24" x 16". SOLD

An original still life oil painting. The painting is 16" x 24". If you're interested in buying this painting please contact me.
The creation of my paintings start well before any paint is added to the linen. I have found this to be especially so with still life painting. When I paint landscapes the subject reveals itself to me and I then then draw on my response to the scene, to convey atmosphere, emotion, memories in my own interpretation of what I'm presented with. No such visual response is waiting around the corner for the still life painter. The still life painting starts with an idea or moment of thought, rather than a reaction to what already exists. I then build my arrangement in response to my initial idea.
In this painting I wanted to include the vase which my wife had bought for me. I really liked the exotic bird design, reminiscent of Chinese pottery which my wife and I love so much. The apples and the cup to the left were chosen and arranged to balance each other, as was the shelf upon which they sit. The red in each is echoed throughout the painting. I added the knife as a compositional device to lead the eye around the painting and to connect the cup and the vase.
The painting is on portrait grade linen which provides a subtly textured surface that still allows detail. I like to paint 'alla prima' and tend not to use glazing in my work. Although this is a realist painting the brushwork is still very evident which I believe strengthens the viewers connection with my experience of creating this work.