Sketch of an Apple on White Cloth, 2006, oil on canvas panel, 8 x 6 inches
I'm back! I think! It's been a while since I've done a painting of any sort. Too many things going on at once and it hasn't given me the time to work on my painting, last night I forced myself to paint something. It feels good. I have been in a bad mood the last couple of weeks since I haven't painted and now that nasty feeling is gone. For this sketch I wanted to stay away from the central or single subject still life. But I didn't want to get too complicated, so I ended up again with a single subject; an apple. I did try to make it different by setting the apple atop a white cloth. I decided at the very beginning that this will be a sketch to familiarize myself with the subject that will be a more polished painting. Reason why I didn't worry too much about details, instead I just wanted to get shapes and colors going to give me an idea of how it might, or not, work. This allowed me to apply paint loosely, a style of painting I'm still not too comfortable with. I do like the effects of thick paint but my hand feels strange when working this way.
"Anything under the sun is beautiful if you have the vision-it is the seeing of the thing that makes it so."
- Charles W. Hawthorne -
"One of the functions of art is to remind us of common humanity. The artist, like the priest, can sometimes remind us that we are bound by an obligation to one another stronger and more lasting than the bonds of politics or economics."
- John Manchip White, Diego Velazquez: Painter and Courtier -
"To defend an artist as original says little about his work except that it is in some way different from what preceded it. As such, originality itself is rarely a strong defense, for it is born more of admiration for audacity and perseverance than necessarily of understanding." - James H. Rubin, Manet's Silence and the Poetics of Bouquets -