daily painting titled Still life with confit pot, garlic, balsamic vinegar, bread, cheese and knife

Still life with confit pot, garlic, balsamic vinegar, bread, cheese and knife

20cm x 14cm, oil on board Painting status: SOLD
Daily painting for Thursday 18 October, 2012
Posted in Still life paintings


Always love your paintings of bread, for reasons that are partly to do with painting and partly to do with bread.
I get a great deal of pleasure out of your images, and especially that they appear, like varied mushrooms, in my unluscious computer.
These short days get to me too but I try to stay active and you are in your art. Great work.
Great restrained palette again and good composition. Personally I rarely put my focus dead centre of a painting, but yours work! I know the bottle is dimpled but I would have the vinegar line would have been more horizontal. It seems a little low at the left hand side. I still think it is one of your best of the past few months though.
I like how the big leaning white highlight of the bottle makes with both the vertical highlight of the pot and the leaning stem of the garlic a sparkling royal crown!But if we hide the highlight of the bottle,the garlic as if by magic looks like a head of a snail with its two horns(stem and highlight on the pot)!The power of artistic suggestion!
A symphony of greys and a perfect gathering of objects.You have been often compared to Chardin ,I agree for this one for the creative set up.
I enjoy every day looking at your work. The bread and cheeses have a kind of French tenderness. I study always, in keeping with the Aesthetic Realism question, "Is Beauty the Making One of opposites?" how the objects are in space, and very much the relation of the leaning and the upright, the astonishing relation of the crumbling bread and the shiny copper pot, It all works,however, I do remark that objects are centered perhaps too assertively. By the way I really laughed at the humanity of that recent work of a lemon and pastel chalk--a family portrait through objects--I was glad to see them face off!