|Buttons and Bananas|
Oil on linen on art board • 8" x 10" Sold
On display 5/3/13–6/25/13 in the
2nd Annual MVIS Competition
at SouthWind Art Gallery
Making a green harmony our primary goal, we gathered the still life objects according to their color while purposely ignoring how the items related to each other in any other way. The result was an eclectic and unconventional grouping of objects that I found most refreshing.
This still life taught me a few good lessons I think we can all benefit from. First, decide from the very start what you want to "say" with your painting. It could be a story, a lighting situation, a color harmony (as in this case), or whatever. Then, fix your mind singly on that goal, refusing to be distracted by other ideas, and pursue it until you find the best way to communicate it. Second, don't worry if your solution is unconventional. If you're excited about it, go for it! When you're able to approach your canvas with excitement, your excitement will often (1) show through in the end product and (2) be contagious, causing your viewers to share in your excitement over something they might not have otherwise even noticed.