Monday, June 18, 2007

"Tomato Cup" --- SOLD

I'm really liking the dots reflecting off the sides of these cups. It makes me think about focus.

If the focus of this painting is the tomato, then why am I so drawn to the reflecting dots? And did I spend as much time on the reflecting dots as I did on the tomato? Probably more.

I used to do portraits, and they tended to take many days. Once I was working on a rather complicated portrait of two young boys. They were sitting on a bike, and it wasn't quite full figure, but close to it. I spent the first day working on the clothes of one boy. A friend came over and I said "I'm so happy with how the pants turned out." She laughed and said, "but that's not even the important part."


Brendy Vaughn said...

I looked at your site again to see if you had any portraits there - not sure how I missed them before. They are fantastic.

I think I see the pants you're refering to, I can see how you would be drawn to all those folds!

Karen Appleton said...

We are both seeing dots lately.... I would love to hear more of your thoughts and advise on focus. I tend to stray off course, or sometimes never even on a course in which to stray from.

Anonymous said...

I just checked out your potraits. They're beautiful! I especially like the one of the woman holding a bean pod (cause it's quirky) and the one of the little girl laying down (it just glows). Fabulous.

Are you painting any more portraits?

Mona Diane Conner said...

Carol, I think you are bringing up an important point about focus. The center of interest of a painting is not necessarily where the artist's center of attention lies during the painting process.

I think it happens that way because as the painting unfolds an artist works on subduing the areas around the center of interest, and at the same time faces the challenge of keeping those areas lively. I think you succeeded very well in accomplishing that in this piece. As a fellow artist, I am also appreciating the reflection areas of the painting, as well as the overall integration, and overall liveliness. It just goes to show that although both viewer and the artist can perceive the center of interest their focus is not the same.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Astute observation from Mona Diane Conner about the process.
I too, am captivated in the sublimination process you use and these 'details' (but not) in the lovely dot pattern working their way into the side of the cup is part of the integration process.
As a painter, you can talk about that stuff on and on while other's eyes glaze over quickly just into the value discussion!