Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still Life with Two Objects IV


Oil on panel 18 x 24cm

Like an ill-fated television drama series, I think I'm going to bring down the curtain on this six painting challenge without painting the final two episodes. And like an ill-fated television drama, I leave you with a cliffhanger - Will the beautiful pear escape from under the glass or will it be left to rot?!

My tip is that it does escape, only to be eaten with a lovely, runny Mont d'Or, Vacherin du Haut-Doubs AOC.

19 comments:

Sherry said...

Oh, don't give up. This is a charming and inventive response. You've handled reflection and shadow especially well here, on the glass, on the tablecloth

Stacy said...

Robyn, don't stop now, you are just getting to the fun part. For the next painting the pear has to go, but you have that wine glass. Since you have the glass, you might as well add a wine bottle. But first, you MUST drink the wine. Otherwise you would have a third object in the painting and that would be cheating. (See I told you things were getting fun!) The last painting can be of the empty bottle and the pillow you will use to sleep off all that wine! :D

E-J said...

I love, love, love these two-object paintings of yours, Robyn. Such beautiful handling of the paint!

I couldn't help laughing when I saw this poor pear, trapped like a hapless spider and probably wondering what it had done to deserve its fate.

I'll be tuning in for the next episode ... there'd better be one! :)

Mary said...

I would love to see the pear painted again with your clever ideas, you are doing so well with these.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I have so enjoyed seeing your two object still life series, wondering each time what you will add when you take one away. Its a great project and you have executed it with panache (isnt that also the French word for shandy ie beer and lemonade?? there you are we are back to drinking again as recommended by Stacy above. So you have no excuse YOU MUST CONTINUE with only two to go. Your fans demand it!!

Robyn said...

You are all so supportive and I'm so grateful for the support, but something about this challenge has been haunting me from the beginning. I look back on the four finished panels and I think - each one gets better, but I have a heart sink moment every time I get out a new panel.

So now I have to say, is the discipline good for me or is life too jolly short?

Anita said...

The glass is fabulous! You need to go and read what Karin Jurick says on differentstrokesfordifferentfolks.blospot.com about being hard on yourself.
You are really getting to grips with this. Please don't give up!

Joan said...

Robyn - You did a great job on this! I can't believe you want to stop now!!! That wine glass is just crying for a new partner! There are so many possibilities....

Jeanette said...

This made me smile when I saw it. The hapless pear trapped by the tough glass. Such drama!

I agree, don't stop now. You've come so far with this series and there are many other options. A pear slice embedded in the cheese...or is that too racy??

moreidlethoughts said...

Yesterday, I looked at the lino cat and agreed with Katherine: "stuff the oils!"
Today...I'm with Stacy ;)

Seriously, Robyn, in this one you are much closer to watercolour (which you do so well),particularly with the glass . Did you thin your paint with lots of turps?

Only 2 to do so I think you should finish.I suspect you would feel a tad guilty at quitting!

Toni said...

Follow your heart Robyn. And although this is stunning I love your lino cuts you have been doing. From your comments above I'll probably get kicked off the stage.

caseytoussaint said...

Wow, Robyn! This is quite beautiful. I've been out of touch lately, and I can't believe how far you've gotten with this.
I'm sorry to have been at the root of any negative feelings (since I threw out this challenge in the first place!) I do love what you've done here though.

Lin said...

ROBYN!! THIS IS SO BEAUTIFULLY DONE!! That reflection on the glass -- Absolutely GLORIOUS!!! Shadows, clearness of the glass,pear -- I LOVE IT!! BRAVA!

mARTa said...

I love that you are going to leave us hanging ....what an exit Robyn!!! Now how to top that???? LOL. I have enjoyed your 2 object paintings but totally get your feelings about it also. For me, I'm still plodding along and this post actually pushed me to get the 3rd one started! Whichever direction you go from here, I'm along for the ride!

andrea said...

Oooo - you have a delicious blog. Must remember to come back. (I came here via Toni.)

Robyn said...

Casey - I don't hold you responsible for my tendency to paint myself into corners! You inspire me and then I start moaning. I really have to stop it. Nobody said I had to take this challenge on in oils - I could have made some simple little sketches. I hope you continue to inspire me to over-extend myself :)

Thank you ALL for the propping up. I will finish this series, it will drive me mad if I don't - but not immediately. I'm going to play with stuff that doesn't scare me so much.

Judybec said...

I love your still life paintings Robyn! They're fun and so creatively arranged.

I started this project too after seeing Casey's blog but recently got bogged down --ugh-- does seem limiting-- but you're right-- discipline is good! I'll keep going.... hope you do too!

Sharon said...

Pears under glass! Beautiful.

Quilt Knit said...

Well, I guess you meant it! You are no going to finish! What a shame! It has been so delightful. However, I do know the pears ending!
Yummy!

Sherrie Roberts

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