he first of two pieces for an invited themed show about kitchens, the work indulged my fascination with steam and vapors by suggesting the appeal of hot, fresh-brewed coffee.
A live demo for Dedham, MA artists, the concept for the assembled grouping depicted the ingredients for the titled dish, and inferred the process of the many ways to make it. This full sheet piece allowed for more energetic brushwork and saturated colors. Some of the olive greens are Oxide of Chromium, a favorite color of Charles Demuth.
Within a series of vegetable paintings, the incongruously scaled squash and tomato and smaller peppers, coupled with their color contrasts and textures, allowed for a deeper study of each surface’s qualities.
End of season tomatoes always seem to taste more savory – especially after they are painted – knowing that more will not be coming. The cooler shadows of the grouping suggested the cooler background, with silver painted curves suggesting the energy of the fruit and the vine.
Arranged with an implied message of enjoying the fruit of gardening’s pleasures, the composition was prompted by Spring’s burst of fruit, gathered and readied for some tasty recipe.
Picked from the garden for a Kitchen themed show, these larger variety remainders were in varied states of growth and ripening, presenting a useful study of complimentary colors. Both warm and cool colors also infuse the shadow areas, while mirroring the tracery of the stems.
A variety of apples ready for slicing. The sweeping, gold painted curves were devised as a visual foil for the tabletop, along with the dull green field.