Thursday, July 31, 2008


Carol Black

Dorrit Black

Margaret Preston - Australian

Margaret Olley - Australian

Chinese Screen

Once, during a visit to an art gallery, the Australian still life painter Margaret Olley had a flash of realisation: the secret of still life painting is space. Not just the objects but the nothingness between objects. This is a secret known by Chardin and Morandi.
Olley's compositions have a decentred, unhierarchical quality. Sometimes there is no obvious centre of interest for the eye to rest upon. Because the eye does not rest on objects, the sense of space space in the painting is felt.

Eastern Vases

Hookah Base,V&A Museum

Thai Pottery


Chinese Jar

Friday, July 25, 2008

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Vuillard - The Sunny Room 46.4 x 53.3 cm


Ittenbach - details


Stephen Slaughter - detail

Pieter Claesz - detail

Carducius Plantagenet-Ream

John Wainwright - details

Islamic Vases

Iznik style pot

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Benito Espinós

Jacob Marrel

27 x 33.9 cm

Juan van der Hamne

Offering to Flora, 1627, Prado

Donatella Wachtel

Floral Surprise, 18 x 18 inches

Elias van den Broeck

Interesting lightning bolt composition.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sir George Clausen

Carnations and Pinks, 14 x 17 inches


Idea for stencilled wallpaper background behind still life subject.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Edward Ladell

Grapes Peaches Raspberries Plums Walnuts

Contemporary US Classical Realists

Carol Broman

Douglas Flynt - USA - Two Kings, 9 x 12 inches

Nicholas Hiltner - 9 x 12 in 2007

Tony Rider - Blue Angel, 17 x 20 in, USA

Old Masters

Cornelis Kruys, 58 x 84 cm

Jan Davidsz. De Heem, 38 x 47 cm

Hans Bollangier, 42 x 47.5 cm

Jan Jansz, 67.7 x 87.2 cm

Jan Jansz, Treck, 50.8 x 66.7 cm

Florence Roberge - Canada

Use of warm yellow in background gives a contemporary feel in which subject and background are of more or less equal importance in the overall design.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Werner de Caro - contemporary


Patricia Watwood - USA

Dahlias, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18 inches, 2007

Nicholas Hiltner - USA

Rose with Shears, Oil on Linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2008

Juliette Aristides - USA

18x 25 inches
She combines the genres of still life and landscape.
The tablecloth becoming distant hills.
In other works she combines figurative and still life.
Some still life painters include a painting in the background.

Christopher Pierce, Sunflowers, USA

Sunflowers in Blue and White Vase,
Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 inches, 2007