I love my studio; compact, yet mine. It is filled with things I love to look at, to touch, and just to be around. I find it visually stimulating; some may find it visually exhausting. To each his own. I can rationalize any small purchase (see "compact" above) as a still life prop.
A few years ago; I had a milestone birthday and threw myself a party, ("no gifts, please") to which I invited about 65 people I love, and don't see often enough. Who can see that many people very often? Do the math....
During the weeks prior, I gathered things from around the house and wrapped them up as my gifts to my friends; sort of a grown up goody bag. Everyone took home something I'd loved for while; and chose to move along. Bottom line, I like things. Some, I keep; some I keep for a while.
"Shelf Life" is the first in a series of small paintings using vignettes of my things as subject matter. I have enjoyed these two small wooden blocks, sitting jauntily on my shelf, but never painted them. They are sort of nautical and nostalgic, and have that special patina and warmth that well-used items can have. The Norman Rockwell postcard, and blocks, and little architectural detail are sitting on the narrow chair rail in my studio. I love the contrast of movement amid stationary objects. My goal was to say as little as possible, while conveying the intimacy of a peacefully perched collection.
More to come.