Floral Still Life


Floral still life, mixed media, on paper. Signed lower right by artist.

Still life drawings and paintings have a long history, back in time.  The subject of this piece is natural flowers brought indoors and placed in a vase.  A still-life form gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture.

The artist put pencil and pastels to paper to create this floral still life.  As is the essential quality of a still life, objects are layered on the paper.  There is a small round glass vase  which holds water sitting on what appears to be a round woven mat that holds the different variety of flowers.  You are aware of the different qualities of light as they form the light and dark attributes of the arrangement and the water in the vase.  A white rose is the center of the grouping and the most distinguishable flower.  The different characteristics of light hitting the subject completely changes the appearance of the flowers.  A soft edge technique is used making the subjects flowing or fluid and provides a lower contrast.  Soft edges suggest the idea of roundness and a gradual transition in the flowers.  The soft light appears to be coming from behind the vase and there is not a harsh shadow creating a realistic, life-like sketch.  The other flower blossoms are colored with pastels in greens, tones of sage and a hint of pink.

Oil-based pastels highlight the background with lighter shades of green that contrast with the darker greens of the floral arrangement.

A simple light wood frame that features the complexity of the colors and accuracy of the drawing is an appropriate casing for this print.  The cream mat provides a lovely setting for the green hues of the still life.  This is nice piece for a traditional decor but, surprisingly, it works in a contemporary environment as well.  It can be imagined, but not limited to, a girl’s bedroom or a powder room.

Framed size: 13 1/2″ wide x 16 1/4″ high


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