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Breakfast on Linen

Oil on linen panel. 24" x 16". This painting is available from Art-Unlimited gallery.

An original still life oil painting. The painting is 24" x 16". 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 create a peaceful still life that had a timeless, homely feeling. The large jug and the linen napkin are both hand made and like many artisan products provide a connection with their maker. I often wonder if my work has the same effect on the viewer.
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.