This floral still life derived from a set-up in my studio which I photographed about 7 years before I decided to paint it. Oil on linen, a couple of long branches of mock orange wrap about a Chinese blue and white teapot and an earthware vase that holds a single peony. I remember that this table was below a window, the late afternoon light of June was coming through a screen, and thus scattered, causing the varied patterns of cast and reflected shadows. The brilliant pink peony is reflecting a rose glow downward on the center of the mock orange blossoms and the table. Wall and table are both white, but appear lavender in this particular light. What caught my eye most was the multiplicity of curves of the blossoms and the ornate teapot as well as the handle of the vase, the arch of the peony almost completing the circle in the center. I chose a canvas that's 24 x 12 inches to emphasize the drama on a horizontal plane. Signed and dated in verso, this work is framed in a mahogany plein air frame that adds 3 inches to each side, making the completed work 30x18 inches (76x46 cm). The mahogany picks up the warm tones of the vase and the peony and works particularly well with this work, although it might have been framed in silver as well. All my paintings are digitally registered and ship with a Certificate of Authenticity and are clear-coated with archival artist-grade varnish for protection against dust and abrasion.
oil paint, stretched linen, varnish
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