Friday 1 July 2011

Brushes and Paints.

Acrylic on canvas  12 x 12
Bridget Hunter 2009

 Now, I'm the first to admit that for me, arranging a still life composition is not something that comes easily . Unless I keep to just a few items I spend ages moving things and adding and taking away. Sometimes I just give up before I lift a brush. `

Today I was struggling to base a still life around an amazing white Carltonware bowl with red lobster feet that cries out to be part of a painting. But in the end nothing I tried was pleasing. Then I remembered a small painting I'd done of paints and brushes lying about on a table. Its not really finished but at the time I was reasonably pleased with the composition. It was simple but I felt it worked.So maybe that's the way to go. Forget about complicated arranging and just spend the time markmaking with the paint.

I like Kurt Anderson's words -

"When I paint a still life, I want it to be anything but still. I want it to shimmer with light. I want it to rustle with movement."

My lobster bowl


  1. Ojh, I love this Bridget! It has a natural composition, which I really like. And then I'm in love with that header too, but I think I've said it before?

  2. Thankyou for your encouragement Ronelle. Your home must be full of natural compositions - I'd be lost for choice.:>)

  3. I've always liked a still life that include paints and brushes...a very personal and yet universal setting...this is beautiful!

  4. Thankyou for your lovely comment - and from someone whose work I so admire!!!

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