Diane Mannion, Marigold and Violet, 3.5x2.5" oil on linen/mounted, 2014 Snippet #8
Still Life Object Hunting
Found a few good objects to paint today while antiquing in Arcadia. So many shops, so much to see... could only get through half of them before I couldn't look at another thing.
Artists that paint still lifes (at least in my case) look at objects while mentally attempting to visualize how they would fit in a still life setup. The plethora of shiny, weird, old and dusty, beautiful or simply interesting objects in this town is overwhelming. Arcadia is a still life artist's dream!
Held up endless glass bottles and vases to the light imagining how they would look on canvas. Stared at teacups and teapots until nervous shopkeepers began to worry.
"May I help you?" they asked. "Wish you could," I answered.
My catch of the day included a green glass sake bottle in the shape of a samurai... perfect companion for Mrs Butterworth. Also a bear shaped strawberry jelly jar (pink lid, had to have it). A little blue glass bird. An empty lavender perfume bottle with the word Poison on it. A set of old wooden children's alphabet blocks (great to share with my students). And a pale blue linen table cloth with napkins that would be fabulous to paint!
Mr Planter Peanut arrived today although he was not expected until Thursday! He was waiting at the door when I got home. Looks mighty handsome standing next to Mrs Butterworth and the samurai.