Saturday, April 25, 2009

Vessels


16 x 20 o/c
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Another week with little productive painting time, so I'm posting an older painting.  The copper pot is Mom's, the conch belonged to my grandmother. In retrospect, I'd take out the wood stand, but at the time I was more interested in the colors, and the light bouncing around.  

50 comments:

Gwen Bell said...

Awesome, Liz!Everything about this works for me...each subject is so beautifully executed. Love the purple in the Orchids repeated in the shell, the light yellow on the wall refection also picked up in the shell, then the copper kettle color...painted to perfection...corresponding to the wooden floor. I personally like the stand and the cohesiveness it adds to the overall composition. Really beautiful!

Peter Lee said...

Hi Liz,
It's just beautiful!
I love everything there - copper pot, orchids, shadows, stand, the shell, and the floor!
Marvelous job!!!

dacoop said...

Very nice painting Liz! Hope you can get back to painting soon.

Ann Buckner said...

I enjoy seeing your older work. Love the way you worked the warm and cools.

Arti said...

what a lovely painting, Liz!I love the copper pot..the way it reflects the light; and of course, the shadow on the wall.The floor is also painted beautifully.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

An olidie, but a goodie! Very well done!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Beautiful painting. The copper and the shadow on the wall and and and, everything is perfect.

LSaeta said...

Hey, I love it! So much detail ... did this take you three months to paint? Amazing.

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW.... awesome.... It may be old, but it's gorgeous..

I'm curious as to why you would now take out the wood stand???

Galina Nikolova said...

Very delicate and bright, Liz. Thank you.

Sheila said...

I like the wood stand. It balances out all those curves from the orchids and shell. You've done a masterful job on the colors and lighting my friend. This is a wonderful piece.

rachelsstudio.com said...

I love this - it really makes one think! Hmmmmm, what is the meaning...I like it!

Ann Rogers said...

Beautiful, Liz! Great to see one of your older paintings. The copper and also the shell are executed so well, all with great light and cast shadows...well done.

Edward Burton said...

Beautiful painting, Liz! Great job.

Cathyann said...

Oh my friend, this is lovely! I love orchids and you got them down very gracefully. The shadow colors cast are delicate too, filled with reflected muted tones. I think the stand works...
and the copper and floor are mighty convincing. Great composition.
Certainly is an oldie but goodie.
Hope you find time to paint this week.

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful! I love the soft colors and the shadow on the wall. Excellent work!

Angela Elledge said...

We need to visit our older paintings just as much as our newer works. Isn't it interesting that Vessels refer to 2 objects that obviously had great sentimental value to you, belonging to vessels that once held you. A special painting with beautiful light.

L.Holm said...

Dear Gwen, thank you for looking so closely! I may have to look at the stand in a different way. thanks for your comments.

Hi, Peter. Thank you! I appreciate it. High praise coming from you.

Thanks, Dana - me, too!

Thank you Ann and Edward.

Hi, Cathyann -thanks for your comments always. me, too!

Thank you Carol and Irit!

L.Holm said...

ooh, I've gotten out of order...

Arti! thanks so much. I spent a lot of time on the shadows and reflections. Thanks for noticing. :-)

Hey Leslie - it took several weeks. I had a consistent light source set up, though, so that helped.

Hi, Marian- I later thought the stand didn't fit thematically with the other objects, and was extraneous. It does separate the pitcher and shell visually, however, which was important to me.

Thanks so much, Galina.

Sheila - excellent points about the curving and straight structural elements that I hadn't considered! I'm looking at this with fresh eyes. Thank you!

Thanks, Rachel! I like that it evokes that response. You've made me happy!

Ann R - thank you so much! I appreciate your comments.

Thank you dear Akiko!

Ahhh, Angela! Yes, you are spot on with the meaning of these vessels. You got it. Which is one of the reasons the wood stand bothered me later. But now I'm rethinking it. My dad nailed the stand together to elevate his computer monitor. very utilitarian. I use it now in my studio. So there's the stable and supportive masculine in my otherwise feminine painting. the stand's not the anomaly I thought! :-) Thank you.

sam said...

Just beautiful Liz, you have a lovely balance of colours, I especially like your shadows and reflections

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

love this very much...great realism and the colors sing.

Carolina said...

The wood stand is fine, everything is fine in this painting!
My grandmother used to have one conch just as the one here. This painting brings some memories back...

Vern Schwarz said...

Liz, consensus is great painting, and I totally agree. Hope you get back in the groove.

L.Holm said...

Thanks so much, Sam.
Hi, Sandra - thanks!
Carolina - glad it brought back some memories :-)
Vern - thanks so much! I hope so, too.

Carolina Elizabeth said...

I am a huge fan of pink orchids. They are my absolutely favorite flowers. You have captured them perfectly. Kudos, Liz.

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Carolina Elizabeth. I love them, too. A friend of mine raises them, and I'm hoping to get some new paintings soon, too :-)

simoart said...

Hi
This is a beautiful painting, I love the pot, orchids, shadows, stand, the shell. Awesome

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Simoart!

Karen Bruson said...

Liz, This is a beautiful painting and so much more special with family objects.

Maggie Mayer said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Liz, this is stunning. Your copperwork reminds me of the work of my idol, Helen Van Wyck. To say nothing of your gorgeous shadows, they are delicate and absolutely perfect. Thanks for your kind words on my Coronado show, it was such a great experience!

Paul said...

Take out the wood stand!!!! NOOOOOO! ;-)
With all those nice textures (wood, metal, shell, flowers ..) it's great and I love the way it angles asymmetrically to the corners.
It's a lovely painting and gorgeous colours (yep! I'm a Brit) :-)

Rob Hazzard said...

Liz - great work! Beautiful orchids, and I especially like the copper, so difficult. Once I'm over my glass phase I'd love to tackle some copper, silver....

Chad Wallace said...

Wow! You paint wonderfully. I can see why the play of light in this appealed to you. Very well done.

Sara Winters said...

Love the painting. The thought you put into each piece is wonderful

And! Its also wonderful how we find out even more about the painting through the comments and your responses to the comments.

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Karen and Maggie!

HI, Nancy-was so impressed by your show, and the gallery's gold star treatment! congrats to you.

Paul! LOL! thanks for visiting. OK, the stand stands.
: D

Hi, Rob. Maybe glass and metal...

Chad - thanks, and thanks so much for visiting. I appreciate it!

Thanks, dear Sara. I really enjoy the dialog with everyone.

Jala Pfaff said...

Liz, this is SO gorgeous!! I love the shadows too. I'm also envious because I've always wanted to try painting a conch.

Celeste Bergin said...

gadzooks. good painting

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liz,

This is a beauty too.

Barbara

Dean H. said...

I thought I had commented on this days ago..Hmmm.
This is a beautiful well done painting!

hissnhowl said...

What a beautiful painting Liz! The composition, the light...just gorgeous!!

L.Holm said...

Thanks, dear Jala. You, I'm convinced, can paint anything. :-)

Thanks, Celeste. My first gadzooks!

Barbara - I appreciate your comments. thank you.

Hi, Dean - The same thing has been happening to me LOTS. I'm sure I've left a comment, and then nada. ???Thanks for coming back. I appreciate your visits always. You're a blessing. :-)

L.Holm said...

Thanks so much hissnhowl.

jennifer woodburn said...

Wow Liz this is amazing. What a great composition, and I love love love the warm colors you are using.

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Jennifer. I had tungsten lights on the set-up, so it was very warm.

Priti said...

Nice work Liz. Love the colors and the shadows.

L.Holm said...

Thank so much, Priti!

Dean Grey said...

It's nice to see some of your older work, Liz.

I really like it.

I don't know about removing the stand. It helps at height to the painting and is a clever way to sneak the conch shell underneath it.

The warmth of the wood floor compliments the coolness of the walls brilliantly.

The shadows cast from the flowers look great too!

-Dean

L.Holm said...

Dear Dean, thanks so much for looking so closely. I value your feedback.

LynnK said...

I am the proud and very lucky owner of this painting and I can attest to the fact that it glows! It is more beautiful than words can express. Thank you, Liz!