David Barber 

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The Lemon Bowl

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An original still life oil painting. The painting is 16" x 16". 
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 bring the viewer closer to my own experience of the subject. The Bowl is one of my favourites because of it's rich colours and details. The challenge was to capture the soft texture of the blanket and the contrasting reflective surface of the bowl. The intense colour of the lemons lifted the image and complimented the golds and green of the bowl. 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.