Soothing Still Life (Coyote)
About this artwork
There is something meditative and calming about painting a still life. Observing the changing light as morning turns to afternoon and evening, and noticing the different associations I have with each object. I've always liked "scenes within scenes", and quirky things that connect to other works and themes. Its pretty obvious I'm a dog person, and so they appear in many different forms in nearly all of my work. In this painting, there are two - there's the little coyote carved wood figure that I bought in Santa Fe, and there's my own ceramic dogimal with wings which I made after my beloved red dog Wilbur died. There is the wooden box made for me by my brother, and a little astronomy book. The tartan jug is a made by potter friends in Scotland. The small painting is a landscape I painted way back in 2007 when I was at art school and there's a nice spooky story attached to it, which I shall briefly tell. I was on a week's residential art school retreat at Arthur Boyd's place down in Bundanoon. I set the first two days really struggling with what and how to paint, feeling very frustrated. In the end I decided I would just paint what was in front of me at four different times of day. By the end of the week to my surprise, I had completed four pleasing little paintings. On the last day I had time to go and spend in Arthur's library - such a immersive space stuffed with thousands of books on art and other subjects. I took a punt and randomly pulled a book from the shelf. Imagine my surprise when it fell open at a page four little paintings of the same scene I had just completed, by the great man himself, titled "Four Times of Day". Woo woo.. I still have those (mine, not his sadly!), and they appear in other works from time to time.
Soothing Still Life is an oil painting, on canvas, with naked edges, and ready to hang.