Friday, May 6, 2011

Still Life Painting

My Mug, 6x6" oil

My favorite coffee mug, can't start the day without it.  A still life set up in the corner doesn't take up much space and it's good having something in the works at all times.  With all the speedy plein air paintings and fast portrait sketches I've been doing lately, it's like taking a break...  painting slower.   A daily meditation, wish I could remember which artist said, " painting is like a prayer."
After a quick Google search came up with a couple of quotes, not the artist I'm trying to remember but worth sharing:
Sister Wendy Beckett, "All great art is a visual form of prayer."
Wassily Kandinsky, "The word composition moved me spiritually and I made it my aim in life to paint a composition.  It affected me like a prayer and filled me with awe."  
(Found this quote on Robert Genn's, The Painter's Keys: http://www.painterskeys.com/ ).
So get busy and set up a painting shrine next to your yoga mat!
Here's a link to the fabulous potter that made my mug:www.sanantoniopottery.net , Jack Boyle.

8 comments:

Sonya Johnson said...

It's beautiful, Diane! You did a great job of capturing all the colors and textures in the glaze.

Stephanie Berry said...

I agree with Sonja--you nailed the glaze of this special mug. Everyone has a fav coffee mug--mine has artist on it.

Sheriart said...

This is such a charming cup. You did a great job with the glazes. Beautiful.

Audrey Bunt said...

That is a beautiful painting Diane You really got a good grip on the ceramic of the mug. (Pardon the pun!)
;0) Love your style.

DEB said...

What a pretty mug! I can see why you enjoyed painting it so...Great work!

Carol Nelson said...

When I first saw this, I thought why did she put a photo of a mug on her blog?
You captured the ceramic glaze of this mug so perfectly. I can see why you start each day with it.

Karen Werner said...

Gorgeous! So realistic and serene.

DMannion said...

Thank you for your comments, everyone!