Chardin, Vermeer and Friends
Vermeer, Chardin and Friends | 9×12 inches | Oil on Linen Panel
Sometimes I feel compelled to paint a subject for no reason other than to satisfy an obsession. This is one of those times. The books belonged to my grandfather. Given to him in 1910 and subsequently came into my possession. As realist still life painter I feel a connection to Chardin, one of the greatest still life painters ever. Vermeer is an artist whose little paintings tower over nearly every artist before and after him. I am always inspired by the intimacy of his work. And of course there is Degas, Millet and so many wonderful artist who have added so much beauty to my life and who have led me to see the world anew time and time again.
So here’s the deal. I could use your insight. You would think I would have an answer to this question but sometimes inspiration and reason do not connect.
• What connections to you see between these objects – old biographies and a peeled clementine?
• What does this painting “mean” – what is it about?
There are no right answers and – sorry – no prizes except the rewards of exercising your imagination.