I painted this one over the last few days. I always find it a challenge, and an interesting conundrum, depicting a three dimensional object on another three dimensional object on a two dimensional picture plane, while at the same time keeping in mind that the painting, (and the paint), is a three dimensional object itself. Keeps me happily amused anyway.
English Beauty is the name on the bottom of the cup.
This one was painted with the help of a rat. I painted it yesterday and left it on the easel. When I came into the studio this morning I found that it had several long diagonal scratch marks across the wet paint. The previous few days I'd noticed that lots of little objects and paintings had been knocked off the shelf and I'd suspected a rat or something had been making nocturnal visits. Why a rat would want to jump on my easel and deface my painting is beyond my comprehension! Praps it is a punk rat with a fetish for safety pins..? Or maybe it's a budding art curator/critic? I have named it Leonard...
Anyway, I had to repaint it today, but I felt I should leave a little of Leonard's handiwork visable. I think it's probably better now than it was..
I got the idea for this from viewing the dailypainters blog, where all the paintings are displayed as thumbnails and look to me like an elabarate game of patience! I thought it would be funny to see one of the "cards" face down. I like the kind of abstract patterns on cards and persian carpets that uncannily resemble the patterns found in the Mandlebrot set. I understand that cards were originally used for foretelling the future rather than playing games. You never know when you're going to turn up trumps...
Unidentified Beetle Oil on gessoed board Oct 18, 06
I found this empty beetle casing (where did it go..???), on my walk along the beach. It was quite strange eyeballing it closely to paint! The last time I attempted to paint bugs would have been about 25 years ago when I did a large painting of house flies. In those days I painted small things on a larger-than-life scale. Now I paint more on a one-to-one scale, but the paintings are "bigger". When I photographed this painting it occurred to me that it seemed like the bug was trapped in the wet paint.
Eiffel Tower Penknife oil on gessoed board Oct, 14, 06
I use this little penkife to pick out the stray bristles that inevitably get stuck in the paint as I'm working. I find it convenient to just stick it in the foam polystyrene backing board I use to support my little paintings while I'm working on them. I knew I would have to paint it.