My First 40 Years
- Studio Shelf 1988 oil on linen 18x34” collection of Jack and Cindy Aber
This simple still life was surprisingly difficult to do, even though I could take as much time as I needed.
A studio is really a work place… it’s not a living space. Around a painter’s studio one will find the various mediums and items used to make paintings. I noticed how functional, yet calm this still life looked passing by it daily as I rushed outside on painting missions. I wondered, now that I could draw so well, and now that I understood values and color better, if I could actually paint this shelf accurately, and whether that would make it Art – something important and beautiful, revealing its inherent beauty, something MORE than what we ignore every day… or not.