David Barber 

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The Ginger Jar

Oil on linen, 16" x 16". This painting is now SOLD

An original oil painting completed from life in my studio. The painting is 16" x 16" and is painted on fine grade linen panel. 
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. I wanted the painting to be simple. To have strong form so that the viewer would feel as though they could reach into the painting and lift the objects out. In my opinion, strong form and a sense of realism bing the viewer closer to my own experience of the subject. The Hypericum leaves were one of the strongest structures in my garden and I thought that the small touches of yellow and orange in the leaves would be a subtle compliment to the blue of the ginger jar.  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.