Swept Up In It

“Red Teacup”

oil on gessoed masonite, 8″ x 6″
Funny how one suddenly awakens to being conscious of one’s own curious mental state. I have been swept up into the world of small still lifes without ever having purposely allowed it to happen. My gosh! Aren’t there myriads of things to paint other than vessels of various kinds? After a haircut yesterday, I found myself wandering in an import shop and buying up a bunch of second rate glassware and a few items of pottery . . .teacups mostly. After I bought them, I couldn’t wait to get home to paint them!
Whaaaaat? Uh-oh! I have caught a still life bug! This probably happened because I was house bound for a couple months caring for my injured wife. I only painted stills because it was convenient. I couldn’t leave the house. But now . . . .I get all squiggly inside because I love to look thru and attempt to paint distortions in glass! Eeegads! What happened to all that masculine, outdoor, plein air stuff, Mike?
I suppose being too busy with other aspects of life prevents me going off to spend half a day or more painting. This morning, I rose at 4AM to complete this piece. No, I didn’t set an alarm. My painting ‘jones’ woke me. (yes, I have it bad!) I have to be at an all day art ‘show’ at the museum to talk with folks and maybe sell a few paintings . . . .and for a little while tomorrow, too. So, I had to get this painting done before the day’s activities began.
So now you know the story behind this painting. There will be more of this glassware, I assure you! And just look at how rich and delicious that red teacup is! What is it about red? It hums!

5 thoughts on “Swept Up In It”

  1. Mike, so glad to read your blog about still life. Isn’t glass fun? I love to put an isolated color in the reflections because it “could” have been in the background or foreground someplace. The red cup is exquisite next to the blue gray background.I hink you have convinced me to do some small sill life paintings. grape Pat

  2. Well, good morning! I see you’ve already made your rounds and visited my blog today. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

    This red cup is sensational! really glows.

  3. You really nailed this one Mike. The cup jumps up and sings surrounded by all those cool blues.
    the aspect of the bottle and reflections add alot of interest.
    Just great!

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