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2012, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches.
One of the doubts I had about doing this still life
was the seasonal theme that reminds us of Turkey
dinner and pumpkin pie. And not that that is bad,
anyone who is half way nice likes holiday stuff.
But good art themes deal with something more
universal and less specific than a holiday table
setting. So what is special about this painting?
The combinations of the colors of the set up blew me
away. And the textures, the crackling, pale
parchment-like husk. When I got into painting it I
could taste the shadow colors. It gives me a
delicious, sensuous joy to make marks of color like
in this painting.
But without a doubt one of the most outstanding
elements of this painting is that it has an
outrageously good composition - it works side to
side and from front to back (in 3d). The ebb and
flow of the 3 little negative dark cubes (two cubes
and on triangle) in-between the husk leaves rocks my
world. Though it is merely a still life oil sketch
it is one of my greatest compositions.
Two views of Husk and Jar with Onion hanging in my
Other related artworks you might enjoy.
Jar with Lemon
Jar with Onion
Mango and Wood
copyright Michael Newberry