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going large

 

Many years before painting the recent small pieces on panels, I created much larger artworks on canvas. I am now returning to that earlier love.

I have long had a fascination with small, simple objects portrayed much larger than reality. This interest began with discovering the way Georgia O'Keefe painted flowers. She once said, "I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty." That's how I feel.

What is a cherry? You can pass bags of them in the grocery store with hardly a notice, or absentmindedly hold a bunch in your hand before popping one in your mouth. But, present them on a much larger scale and they become luscious, shiny, colorful orbs. Almost an abstraction, and hard to ignore.

 

 

rainier cherries painting

Rainier Cherries in Silver Bowl
oil on canvas
24 x 24 x .75


 
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