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"From the Cabinet"

Here's a sneak peek at my new still-life setup - I am so excited to be starting a new painting again! Sometimes I agonize over setting up a composition but this one fell together easily, probably because I have fun new props to play with, courtesy of Susan Foster who generously let me take my pick from her fabulous collection of still life items. And I finally got to incorporate my treasured quail feather, which I have been meaning to paint for a while now. I am almost already regretting it already - those stripes are going to be a challenge!!

This is a new look for me - rich deep reds and soft greens, an antique aqua-colored ink bottle and some twisty dried twigs and fiddleheads... I think of it as a sampling from a 19th century "Cabinet of Curiosities".

The familiar item is my lovely little golden seashell. While blocking in the composition and then all the natural forms I am reminded that EVERYTHING is based on the most ancient of symbols, the mysterious spiral!

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Reader Comments (2)

thanks for this preview and your thoughts on composition. r.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrahina q.h.

Wow! How cool is that? Your thoughts and planning ran deep and symbolic on this one. It seems as if the composition is also based on the golden mean, the ultimate spiral, nautilus shell.
beautiful drawing.

April 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterloriann
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