So I’ll be working on this still life oil painting study and looking at the subject for a long time
One thing I learned from slowing down and taking my time with film photography is to also take a lot more care in what is inside the frame- meaning no photoshop is not going to fix it. It’s far, far easier to move the random thing out from the background, then to photoshop it out. Ansel Adams would supposedly wait hours to make his exposures, waiting for things like a cloud to come or the right lighting to emerge. From all of the design blogs I read and follow on Instagram, I have learned the importance of styling. What gets me when I am scrolling through Pinterest and I see these technically outstanding works but they are just terrible compositions- the artist must have spent hours looking at these ugly items in order to paint them and I’m like why.
Here’s the fabulous green vase that I found at a vintage store in Portland:
The store’s proprietor said it is a 19th century German drinking jug- cool!
I found OKO Gallery when it was based in NW Portland. They’re now on Burnside near some other really awesome shops but it’s pretty inconvenient to find parking around there. If you do happen to be in the area check out Redux (I want to buy everything in that store and it’s a great place for gift shopping) and get some yummy chicken from Nong’s Khao Man Gai.
OKO hired this amazing sign artist to paint their door – I love gold leaf!
After I had bought the green jug I took lots of pictures of flowers in it.
And I came across this Cezanne painting on Pinterest. Great minds think alike!