Still Life in Watercolor: Propagation

Propagation 14 x 10 Watercolor on paper
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There’s something that’s both neatly geometric and artist-messy in the composition of the photo I used as a reference for this piece. I snapped the image while visiting one of my best friends in Massachusetts nearly 30 years ago. The title is in reference to the potted plants sprouting on the ledge, and the potential of paper, notebooks and pens. There are bits of text on the sheet of paper beneath the apples; an excerpt from an E. B. White poem titled Window Ledge in the Atom Age:

I love this day, this hour, this room,
This motionless narcissus,
I love the stillness of the home,
I love the missus.
(She grows in pebbles in my sun
And she is like a star.)

Yesterday, the two pieces below were shipped to Arizona for the Tubac Center of the Arts “Human Element” Exhibition, Oct 16 – Nov 14. I’ll miss attending in person, but if you’re in the area, be sure to see the exhibit. The juror was Ruth Weisberg, and I bet it’s going to be an exciting show.

Top: Window Seat 11.5 x 17 Watercolor Bottom: Dreaming About Tomorrow 6 x 9 Monotype with Watercolor & Colored Pencil

7 thoughts on “Still Life in Watercolor: Propagation”

  1. Belinda, This bowl of fruit just kills me. I’ve just been sitting here staring at it. It’s incredible. There is something Old World about it to me which I find very alluring, and then to have it next to all these present day items makes for a delightful sensation. Its like finding a Renaissance artisan living with a New York fashion designer! Thanks for the time warp. Gotta go. Not done staring…

  2. Beautiful work, Belinda! (btw, the way you joined the two together might have inspired a composition for me 🙂 Hope you have been well, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving –

    Phil

  3. Wow, Belinda, these paintings are amazing, especially “Propogation”. You have so successfully retained that geometric aspect whilst dealing with a great mass of detail, but the end result is terrific.

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