Morning Shave

I set this up as an exercise for myself in painting white objects. Oil on canvas

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Anonymous Guest 25 Apr 2012

Power and tension in the shadows and shapes. The ewer and basin are symbols of purity from the antiquity of the early Church and western painting. Dutch painters made good use of symbolism to add narrative and moralistic content. I love the Art Deco figurine and its use in this painting's composition is amazing. The warm light of morning is perfectly drawn (or dawn) in their muted subtlety.

Artist Reply: Thank you for your comments! The yawning figure was the inspiration for this painting. The long nightshirt put me in mind of life in the past.

annette steens 11 Oct 2007

wow.... a delight to look at Betty!

Laura Smith 04 Nov 2006

Lovely!! Beautiful shadows and detail. The wood is done so nicely as well. Beautiful!

Vivian Allen 19 Apr 2006

Oh!!! Beautiful! I love this! Such beautiful colors and detail on everything, especially in the brush and the shine on the table and the angle of light. Wonderful!!

Artist Reply: Thank you so much, Vivian! That fuzzy brush was a challenge!

Charlotte Ottilo 27 May 2005

Extremly well done! The lighting and shadows are perfect!

Artist Reply: Setting up these still life ideas is ALWAYS the hard part. I'm very happy if I get it right. Thanks, Charlotte, for saying that I did!