Monday, December 21, 2009

In Her Garden

The inspiration for this painting goes back about ten years. I had an art calendar then and one of the reproductions was a watercolor by the German Expressionist Erich Heckel. I remember it as depicting a male and female couple obscured partly by a vase of tulips in the foreground. It was a captivating image but I don't know what happened to it and I have not been able to find another reproduction. Today's painting, based on this distant memory, is more of a portrait, yet it has some of the same obfuscation. I find the dark under her eyes a little unsettling, but I like to think the blossoms offset whatever dim thoughts she might be harboring.
oil on gesso panel, 6 x 6 inches, 2009


  1. The blue of her eye, the translucent yellow of the flower and redness of her lips..
    Tends to juggle the eye flow.
    Feels like the moment before a kiss.

  2. to me she is beautiful almost in a clasical manner. It is always nice to see beauty in painting. great work