One evening I was taken by the geometry of some tiles and the lines of a knife. The tiles and the knife alone were not particularly interesting for me, but once married with the parings of some vegetables on a chopping board the still life began to hold promise.
Still life paintings are often a refuge for the imagination, a fallback when other subjects are unavailable. Unfortunately, this means that they can also be rather dull. But a still life can show the ordinary things of the house ensouled. This idea of the ensoulment of things comes originally, I think, from Thales of Miletus. Our modern age has lost this idea, and the consequences can be seen all around us.
I was holding an Open Studio event and I decided to keep working. I am never comfortable at these events. Working on something small means that people tend to sidle up behind me. If I do another event I will work on something big. That way people can see what I’m doing without having to creep around!
The vegetables presented some interesting technical areas: the suffuse colours of the tiles, the wood grain, along with shadows and bright reflections.
If you’re not into vegetables, you may also like this ‘colour plate’ of objets trouvés.