But, here's what I do have to show you....the development of the daily drawings. I liked what was happening with the teabag on teabag still life theme, but it all really depended on the strength of color in the teabags and sometimes things were invisible....so it occurred to me that the teabag could actually take a bit of paint since it was sealed, having been adhered to the bristol board with gel medium. I've been continuing to experiment with still life compositions in the daily drawings. Okay, I have to admit that I did cheat a bit. Since I was gone last week and my time in the studio was all thrown off, I had a couple of days with no drawings to represent them, which I just couldn't bear, so I made 2 or 3 of these pieces in one day and slotted them in. Their dates are in brackets underneath, so I know they weren't actually done on that day. Of course, no one would have known this if I hadn't felt compelled to confess!! Anyway, here is a selection of some recent daily drawings.
I'm not sure why the notion of the still life is so close to my heart and my hand these days, but it is. There is something silent and timeless about a still life....the notion of a moment in time held in the hand, fixed by the eye....a moment that contains all other moments....that's what it is. It's about a slowing down and the illusion of stillness, because there is never any stillness, not really....if so, we'd all perish.
Perhaps you can tell who my hero is in terms of painting and still life....it's Giorgio Morandi....the master of simple composition, silence and stillness. So elegant.
Natural Morta I by Giorgio Morandi
I'm thinking about the daily drawings having their own Etsy shop. I have a few from the fall over at MissouriBendStudio, but there is so much work in my shop now, it's probably a bit overwhelming. I think a second shop filled with just daily drawings all in the same price range might be a refreshing change. Any of you wonderful readers who are Etsy sellers want to weigh in on the question?
In the meantime, I keep forgetting to mention that I am having a sale in my shop through January, so it goes for just another week....15% everything in MissouriBendStudio! Plenty of artwork there that would love to have a good home....the pieces are happy to travel anywhere on the globe! See you later in the week....have a great one!