Today’s Painting for you: Boxed Bottle
Today’s painting for you:
“Boxed Bottle”, Oil on Panel, 15×5 inches, 2013 (available)
Today’s piece is the twin to the one I shared yesterday, and together they’re the only trompe l’oeil (fool they eye) paintings I’ve done.
Matched sets of paintings – also known as pendants – are great exercises in composition. I’m forced to think about both unity and variety at the same time. The paintings need to share enough common elements to connect them in an obvious way. There also needs to be enough variation so they don’t look like near-copies when placed side by side.
With these two, the box and a string suspended from a pushpin were the common elements. After I established those, I needed to focus on enough variety between them to make them a lively couple. For instance, the lemon in yesterday’s painting and the marble in today’s form a connection because of their color, but are far different in size, texture, etc. Look at them side-by-side and see if you can spot more connections between the two.
Creating these two together really made me think about some of the finer and subtler points of designing paintings. It’s a project I really ought to repeat.
I hope you enjoyed it!