Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Cinnamon Coffee & Eggs"





















6 x 6 oil on canvas
SOLD

My last 3 paintings have been of ceramics on very busy
patterns. In the beginning I was infatuated by the cup
handles. I still am. But something else happened. I
noticed
that the concentration it took to follow the
pattern around
was very enjoyable. Almost relaxing.
One of those efforts
that makes hours seem like minutes.
I enjoyed it so much that I made a little shopping trip to
the Fabric Store and bought several new busy drapes.


I think I've found my new muse...at least for now.

23 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

I love the patterns, Gwen. This one is lovely.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gwen, I am really lovin' this series you have going. I admire anyone who can fight their way through all those complicated patterns, and you do it perfectly. You even have me fascinated with mug handles, caught myself staring at mine this morning. There is a lot to be said about keeping your viewer involved with the work and you are doing that very well.

Kim said...

Gwen, before I read your post, I looked at this piece and thought how lovely these pieces were with your fabrics. A very sensitive exploration of pattern and colour. Keep them coming!

Linda Popple said...

Your backgrounds are really making a splash!! I really like them, too. Glad you enjoy painting them, as I am looking forward to seeing more: :-)

Edward Burton said...

Another fantastic painting, Gwen. Love the pattern.

LindaHunt said...

Gwen, I love this thing that you have goin' with pattern and your signature frontal handle!! Really, really nice!!!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Another great piece, Gwen.
Happy to see you in full blast and waiting for more.
This print is very elegant.
Bea-u-ti-fu-l!!!

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love your cup series. Yhe colors and patterns in all are so nice and interesting.

Tammy Hext said...

I am loving this series too. Cannot wait to see the next one.

artbyakiko said...

I love your ceramics series. The fabric underneath adds so much to the painting. Will have to try that. :)

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Another great still life in this new style. I think your new muse knows you quite well! We were talking about comfort zones earlier, and maybe this combination of intricate patterns with reflective surfaces keeps you motivated and excited. And I can't imagine how much fun it must be to search out new fabrics and other items to paint. In this painting, I love the combination of blues and also the white flower in the right foreground corner that brings the eye around to complete the view. "Cinnamon" in the title is perfect!

Sandra Galda said...

Very challenging to paint patterned surfaces, you did this seemingly effortlessly!

Marie Theron said...

The colorful drapes- a wonderful idea, sort of like Matisse! Gwen, your ceramics are very tactile, I can pick up that cup any time! The color scheme of cinnamon brown and the off-whites with some dove blue gives great unity to the piece!

Pam Holnback said...

I love these last few ceramic pieces. Great job w/ the elipses, highlights, fabrics.

sam said...

Always good to find something you enjoy doing, I really like the way you have handled the whites and the highlights.

suzanneberry said...

Oh my Gwen, this is stunning! I hope you're planning a book of your still life, I'd snap one up immediately. This is again one of my all time favorites. Bravo

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Yep, sweeeet pattern in the fabric!! This is something I am trying to incorporate more into my work. Really nice Gwen!!

Dana Cooper said...

I am so excited for this direction your work has taken..I really love the palette in this, very harmonious!

dominique eichi said...

I love this series !

The Bull said...

Amazing work as always Gwen, still wow-ing me with your technique in texture and lighting, and the background and its colors ties the whole painting together! Bravo!

Kim Blair said...

Love the aqua and browns in this patterned fabric. Looking forward to more in this series.
Kim

Vern Schwarz said...

Gwen this is a great series that you're working on. Like everyone else, I'm drawn to the vibrant cloth patterns.

Dean Grey said...

I really like all the neutrals in this still life. Reminds me of Starbucks for some reason!

The whites have a wonderful, subtle gloss to them too!

Good job here, Gwen!

-Dean