“Making a concrete association between a vivid memory and an object or a location, and recalling the love or joy we felt in that moment — helps us to relive that positive emotion again each time we see that object or place.” – “Play Back Your Best Memories” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa Psychology Today May 24, 2013
One of my favorite genres to paint is still life. While the term comes from a Dutch word stilleven which may also be thought of as immobile life as the quote above indicates even immobile objects can be powerfully moving. In my paintings of still lifes I often use objects that have significant emotional attachment for me as in “Mother’s Night Out – 1955” and “Granny’s Gifts”. For this painting the memories attached to the objects are not mine but my husband, Jim’s.
There are a few of my paintings that are not for sale and this is one of them. I painted this piece for him and it will only be sold if he wants to do so.
That’s the background of the piece and below is how it developed into a completed painting. I did no study sketch and started photographing the progress at the end of the first day’s work.