12/15/08

Going Large

Many years before painting the smaller pieces I have been placing in this blog, I painted much larger artworks on canvas.  I am now returning to that earlier love.

I have long had a fascination with small, simple objects portrayed much larger than reality.  This interest began with discovering the way Georgia O'Keefe painted flowers.  She once said, "I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty."   That's how I feel.  

What is a cherry?  You can pass bags of them in the grocery store with hardly a notice, or absentmindedly hold a bunch in your hand before popping one in your mouth.  But, present them on a much larger scale and they become luscious, shiny, colorful orbs.  Almost an abstraction, and hard to ignore. 

Rainier Cherries in Silver Bowl
oil on canvas
24 x 24 x .75
available from the artist

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