Saturday, September 21, 2019

Still Life - Orange Tulips

Orange Tulips 11 in. x 14 in. Oil On Canvas

The flowers are some of the tulips that my wife grew in the yard this year. The glass vase was picked up by her a couple of years ago on one of her junk shopping safaris.

I typically paint still life chiaroscuro because I like the drama of the subject emerging from darkness. But when I was setting this up the starkness of the plain gray background and the light on the flowers reminded me of photos that my father used to take of things back in the 60's. I can't put my finger on it exactly but from my American perspective it reminds me of something European from the 60's or 70's. I don't know why.

I really like the painting (my wife does too). I hope that you enjoy it too. In the end I really like the painting. I hope that you enjoy it!

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