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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Red Napkin colorful original oil painting of still life: Botticelli Primavera, pitcher, olives, linen fabric napkin

Oil painting colorful still life pitcher Botticelli Primavera linen napkin Marie Fox

"The Red Napkin", version 2. SOLD
Oil on canvas, 16 x 20

It seems that I'm always reworking my paintings. But that's okay - I do enjoy it and I think there's a good reason to do it. This week, as I repainted "The Red Napkin", I realized that the 2nd go-round is really quite different from the first. When I'm painting the original version, I'm the one in charge, telling the paint, composition, colors, objects what I want them to do. Done. Then weeks go by and the painting starts asking me for more. The second version is the painting talking to me, telling me what needs to be done. Corny, but the process does seem to work this way for me.

By changing the border of the calendar on the wall to a dark red, the Botticelli girls celebrating Primavera (original is at the Uffizi, Florence) assumed more importance in the composition. I like the way their softness contrasts to the hardness of the pitcher but imitates its curves. I removed the potato at the far left and intensified the shadow of the pitcher.

" I would appreciate any details or information you could give me about this beautiful painting. What inspired it? Thanks, Kathleen"

1 comment:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It all makes perfect sense to me. How we grow as artists and make our work 'speak' is to let the painting tell us what it needs in terms of color and design.
This is beautiful.

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