Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Two Percolators


oil on canvas
12'' x 16"

I've been working on this piece for a number of days now. Spent more time on it than I should have, but I liked were it was going, so I stuck with it. The idea of creating more heavily shadowed compositions has been enticing me for a while now, and my current batch of "potential" still lifes reflect that new direction. Although many of my paintings are monochromatic, they are usually starkly illuminated. The concept of actually losing portions of the subject in shadow is new to me, and I'm pretty excited about it.

I'm also seriously considering taking the leap, and working larger. Get outside of my comfort zone, and paint like the big boys. Financially this is probably a mistake. It's more profitable to do more small paintings than one large. I think it was seeing Jeff Hayes paint the large mason jar with the lemon that got me pumped to go big.

The painting above will be going to Wynne/Falconer. They were asking for something "shiny" to send to the up-coming 11th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show in November. I was hoping to get them at least one more for Boston, but I've only got a couple of months to get ready for the winter show at Twinhouse, and need to get started on those.


7 comments:

A Reason to Paint said...

Wow! I don't know what else to say, but Wow!

Carol H. said...

Your work is awesome! Perhaps you can work on one larger work while taking a little time to do smaller works as well?

ameros said...

wow wow wow

imagin

Cindy said...

Neil this is gorgeous!!

Hélène Gléhen said...

Quelle maîtrise ! Without doubt, this is a great art...
My best wishes to you

Ambera said...

Good God this is beautiful! I really love a good dark shadow, it works especially well in the painting: the bright reflections are swallowed up on the left side, it's terrific! Reminds me of Willem Kalf.

Daniel Peci Fine Arts said...

Awesome! Mastery of contrast and clarity of perception!