Blue is my favorite color.
It might seem odd for a visual artist to prefer one color over another. Professionally I use all of the colors available to me but personally my favorite will always be blue. Having that preference I gravitate toward it in home decor as well. Early in the summer of 2012 I was considering what to do for a new still life painting. I began looking around for items to include and discovered I had accumulated many blue glass items over the years.
Another favorite of mine is working with textures in a drawing or painting. I am particularly fond of wood and stone but glass has always fascinated me too. So I decided that I would stage a still life and, to make things even more challenging, I’d place a large mirror behind the composition. In addition to the wine bottles, vase, statue and flowers I included a blue blown-glass Christmas ornament, some cut glass pieces (used for decorative elements in a clear flower vase) and a light blue balloon. The painting emerged over seven or eight days and remains one of my favorites.
The photos show that emergence and the changes in blue tones I chose to use as well as the silvery background to insinuate a mirror rather than just a reflection of a blank wall behind the blue objects.
The progression, or making of, that painting is in the slide show of photos below.