"Head and Shoulders"
This week’s featured painting is “Head and Shoulders” from 2018. It is done with oil on linen on panel, and measures 11 x 14 inches.
This painting is a triple self portrait, with reflections of me at my easel in each of the silver objects, as well as a view into my studio.
But the view keeps on going, into the larger world beyond my studio.
Through my studio windows reflected in the creamer, you can see a bitterly cold winter afternoon. I truly love days like that, as long as I’m inside.
In a way, this detail from a larger painting sums up my feelings about still life, at least the way I want to paint it.
It’s unapologetically inward-looking.
It lets us turn away from the almost unrelenting unpleasantness of the outside world, allowing us instead to seek out the inner poetries and hidden beauties of small things – to explore the little worlds close to home.
Every day, I find myself more and more enchanted by these small, intimate worlds – their depth and richness seems inexhaustible.
Canvas prints of this painting are available. To see more, click the blue button below.