Friday, August 29, 2008

Still Life with Olives I

" Still Life with Olives "
Oil
12"x12"
I have used this woven striped fabric many times in my paintings. It is quite a remarkable pattern and one that keeps me challenged. I think I captured it best back on the daily painting of limes in a white bowl and also with the green pears. It's just a exciting arrangement of colors.
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13 comments:

christine mercer-vernon said...

Oh Jennifer!! so many of your paintings are favorites of mine, but this one is definitely in the top 3! i always enjoy when you use this fabric and I'm impressed how many ways you have positioned it too! i do have to say that the olives steal the show...wow...i was looking in close at that mirror-like olive skin and wow what meticulous reflections...you didn't sneak a little mini silo of yourself on there yet did you?

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It's great. I liked how you described having to slow mind down to really 'see' stuff. This is of utmost importance. It's what holds people back. If you 'see' it you can paint it.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Yes, breaking the subject down in manageable parts is key so you don't get overwhelmed. I think this is also important thinking when you are trying to symplify a subject, too.

Frank Gardner said...

I like it in this one, especially how you handled the shift from light to shadow. Nice design on the whole thing.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Christine. I suppose there could have been a mini silo..however, it didn't really come to mind as I was painting. The only time I noticed that happening was in painting shiny Christmas ornamants and it wasn't until it was nearly finished that I realized that I had just painted a self-portrait of sorts.
There is a lot going on in this olive painting. The round bowl definately is a resting point from all the busy stripes.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Frank. I wanted those large shadow shapes to be fairly strong to balance the busy bright stripes. I'm glad you like this one!

Deborah Ross said...

I really like the way you handled the olives- so many tiny reflection marks, so much to look at. And then the fabric! You did a great job on this.

Marsha Robinett said...

Jennifer,
Your paintings are an inspiration to all...you are a master at handling light and color. I've marveled at your growth over the past months.

You inspire me to be more.

I've passed along "Brilliante Weblog" award to you, you can read more about it on my site. Enjoy.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Deborah. I'm so glad you like this painting. I love color and pattern, especially stripes. I have done many paintings of Zebras, which are on a list of subjects I want to revisit.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thank you so much for passing the "Brilliante Weblog" award to me..I will attend to the details as soon as possible.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love the olives, but I also love the cloth beneath them! So many places for your eye to wander and find beautiful passages. Nice work!

FCP said...

You do stripes so very well - love the composition and lively colors!
Lovely work!
Faye

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Faye. I do like stripes and how you can direct the eye around the composition. This is a very colorful piece of fabric..I use it a lot!