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Painting: "I Rely on My Illusions"

“I Rely on My illusions” 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel
What at first glance could be a simple arrangement of a seashell and a floral spray, reveals upon a closer look to be damaged objects, tattered and chipped. However, the inherent structural beauty required to sustain life resonates with the sense of life departed, yet celebrated.
The Vanitas theme exhorts us to focus on the brevity of earthly life, and we delight in the details of the insignificant and ephemeral. The attention given to these torn and damaged objects is an exploration of our own humanity: Insignificant, brief, and yet somehow important.
The plant fragments are Luneria, known for their seed pods which remind us of the moon, or silver dollar coins. They are are the seed pods of a eucalyptus plant, stripped of their brown husks to reveal the silver transparent petals which protect the seeds.
This painting will be included in
April 6 - May 6, 2012

679 Boston Post Road Madison, Connecticut 06443

The show has become a focal point for painters and collectors of still life, and I am thrilled to be participating again.


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Reader Comments (2)

I am glad to catch idea from your article. This looks absolutely perfect. All these tiny details are made with lot of background information. Keep up the great writing!

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOil Paintings

Wow. I'm really blown away and inspired by your work. The textures you got on the shell are really fantastic contrasted against the leaves. I almost get the feeling that the leaves may be truly a bit brittle, and your ability to convey this is truly amazing.

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPainting Ideas
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