Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Found Out!

It's just as well I didn't take bets on how long it would take my darling wife to find the broken vase. I was thinking at least 3 months, but there she was at the door of my studio this morning only two days after returning from her extended holidays on Arran wanting to know if I had been swinging from the light-fittings and causing certain "damage" as she called it.

Of course I blamed the speugs and reminded her of the new wee blue vase and showed her the picture I painted with flooers in it.

You can probably tell I got away with it and still have both arms unbroken and therefore able to write this epistle :o)

Although there was in fact some "damage" while she was away there was also a fair bit of positive work done. After a long period there where I couldn't raise sufficient motivation to even unlock the studio door I have been painting like a demon possessed.

Following on from yesterday's post regarding painting direct from life sometimes the subject just steps up and pokes you in the eye. I had just returned from a sorte to the supermarket and put my fresh melon on the worktop beside a bowl of apples when there it was:

Oils on board 36x61cm.
It looks a bit small here and I don't know how to have it published at a larger scale so you will need to click on this image to see it as intended.

The concept was to simply have the points of each oval disc touching each other and provide a richly textured background to set them off against.


Melinda said...

Another beauty here. I absolutely agree that you have created a richly textured surface, with luscious thick paint layered in the fruit and bowl shapes.

You do see, don't you, how well you've integrated the abstract and the representational?

Well done.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Great painting wee David. I have just spent some time greatly enjoying your blog, esp the figurative stuff.

my croft said...

oh, my friend, this is wonderful. I'll leave the technical articulation to Melinda and just gush:

so glad no arms were broken, or even sprained.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Melinda: Yes indeedy, I know now that even though the final paintings for my semi-abstract haverings are not quite as I expected, or even want then to be, the whole exercise in focusing on the broader abstract view has had a huge impact on the way I see things.
Thank you once again for your ever supportive comments!

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Big Sheila!!! Where have you been all my life? Hiding in Cheshire I believe!
Great to see you here, and welcome to this little corner of Scotland. Come away in - you'll have had yer tea?
Glad you like the blog. There ain't nothin' else like it in Bloggerland!
Had a wee look at your own stuff and sure enough it's your figurative paintings too I like very much. See you anon.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Definitely no arms broken, and you are right, not even sprained.
Some might say a trifle limp but that's just a show for sympathy and the effects of long hours painting ;o)
God, I'm so pleased you like this painting. I rarely do Still Life but it makes a real break from all that imaginary figure stuff. The important thing is for me to be painting again, whatever the subject.

Brian McGurgan said...

Lovely painting, David - nice forms and texture, and the balance of warm and cool colors works well, too. And glad to see you're none the worse for wear for the vase incident (a bit of stress and time spent assembling broken pieces aside). That vase will only grow in sentimental value for all it's been through.