The Energy in a Sugar Jar

Summer is here. It doesn’t feel real. A couple weeks ago I graduated with my M.Ed. and now my internship will be done in a week. It’s hard to believe I’ll be teaching in a few months and being paid to do it. Really the reason it feels weird is because I’ve been so busy with work. I was able to get a little reading done in my free time, but my art progress slowed. Occasionally I got to paint. And because I wasn’t able to devote large blocks of time to making art, it to took me several months to finish one painting.

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Sugar Jar

9″ x 12″

I started this painting right after I finished my Blue Winter Self-Portrait. I was inspired by the color variety I was able to explore in the shadows. Hopefully the pinecones are still readable as pinecones. Here are the progress photos:

sugarjar - 1

sugarjar - 2

sugarjar - 3

sugarjar - 4

sugarjar - 5

And the final photo once again:

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I’ve been finding and following a bunch of artists lately. Many of them have mentioned the difficulty of taking the energy present at the beginning of the painting and maintaining it until the end. I loved the looseness and playfulness of the self-portrait and wanted to replicate it. I did bring an energy into this still-life but I’m not sure I carried it through. I think I got caught up too much in the exactness of the sugar jar. Edges are my new focus. I have a feeling the movement and energy of a painting can die there.

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2 thoughts on “The Energy in a Sugar Jar

  1. I like what you’ve done with this, doing things you’re not suppose to; placing the subject in the middle, using two of something instead of three or five. I do feel an energy, it’s more of a tension. Very nice!

    • Thank you! Composition is a tricky thing. It’s definitely the single thing I spend the most time thinking about. A lot of my work is inspired by David Cheifetz. I love how he expands the boundaries of composition.

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