Still Lifes

With this post, I am introducing three painted still lifes from various times in my career. The first painting is entitled “Still Life with Marghareta” in honour of the postcard of Marghareta Van Eyck here thumbtacked to the wall. It was done in my early days with enamel paints, which were the best thing I could afford at the time. It got so thick that I had to lay the painting on the floor to let it dry or it would have dripped down the panel. I got the hang of it, though, and I am pleased with the results.

Still Life with Marghareta by Barry Trower.
Still Life with Marghareta by Barry Trower.

The second is done in acrylic paint, and was done much more recently. My wife wanted a picture for the kitchen, but I think was not too pleased that I managed to make even a still life morbid! Still, I like the colours and the sense of space, and despite first reactions, the painting remains hanging in our kitchen.

Nature Morte by Barry Trower.
Nature Morte by Barry Trower.

This is the most recent painting, “Still Life with Crescent Moon”. I have kept the brushstrokes to a minimum and separated the colours to give a very simple arrangement. Again, I see in my later work a stronger palate and a simplification of the composition.

Still Life with Crescent Moon by Barry Trower.
Still Life with Crescent Moon by Barry Trower.

It’s interesting for me to look at these images over time and I am hoping it is also interesting for you!

Thanks and best wishes,

Barry

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