I was drawn to this photograph of crabapple blossoms arranged in a small, traditional, blue and white Chinese vase. I deciding the make the cast-iron teapot orange, instead of the usually medium brown to increase the contrast with the background and to compliment the blue, white and green, and the bright teapot adds balance to the composition as well. The drama comes from the bright white of the blossoms contrasted with the dark umber background. It was an immense pleasure to try and capture something of the original design in the details of the vase, and I enjoy the circular shapes of the teapot, its handle, the vase, and then the line of the blossoms as they gesture back toward the teapot. Oil on linen, signed and dated on the back, this work is framed in a 3-inch wide gold plein are frame that increases the framed dimension to 18x18. Clear-coated in artist-grade varnish to protect against dust and abrasion, this work ships with a digitally-registered Certificate of Authenticity.
oil paint, stretched linen, varnish