Pewter Reflections Painting in Root to Bloom Juried Exhibition

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Tonight, November 11th, 2016, is the opening of the juried exhibition “Root to Bloom – The Places Artists Call Home” at the Principle Gallery here in Alexandria, VA.

I am excited to have my painting Pewter Reflections hanging along side some extraordinary artwork. If you are local, please stop by and check out the exhibition.

Pewter Reflections and Sunflowers by Elizabeth Floyd, 18x24 inches, oil on linen

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Framed Painting
{18″ x 24″ – oil on linen}

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Why are Simple Things Special?

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Have you ever wondered what makes simple objects
so special and remarkable?

This is something I ponder, and have never found an exact reason it is so.

Instead, my reaction is more from the gut, often I respond emotionally to a scene on a very unconscious level, where I just feel a sense of happiness, connection, and warmth. I think these feelings are universal, and have always been a part of our lives.

Still-life painting by Chardin

{Basket of Peaches, with Walnuts, Knife, and a Glass of Wine by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin}

 

In 18th Century France, when art was dominated by the highly refined Rococo style, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin chose to celebrate the common, treating still life with a respect that was hardly given any attention by his contemporaries. At the time, history painting was considered the supreme classification of art, and the genre of still life was relegated to only being the decorative background to more “serious” work.

Instead Chardin imbued his paintings with a beguiling sense of appreciation for the here and now, celebrating the present by identifying the beauty found in common household objects. Simple groupings that still resonate today because his paintings present scenes of common objects that evoke the sense of looking through a window, not our own and not of our time, but still reminiscent of our own lives.

I still remember the first time I was exposed to Chardin’s work. It was as if my world had just expanded.  And my attitude towards the simple objects that populated my life had just gained a new level of appreciation, because everything was now given an opportunity to be seen as special and unique. This awareness made me more willing to pause, observe, and appreciate the simple things in my daily routine.

Do you think simple things are special?

 

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Three Apples on a Coca-Cola Crate, 8 x 16 inches

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Three Apples on a Coca-Cola Crate

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Framed Painting – SOLD
{8″ x 16″ – oil on linen panel}

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Queen Anne’s Lace and Vintage Sunburst Quilt, 24 x 36 Inches

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Queen Anne’s Lace and Vintage Sunburst Quilt

For the past two summers I have had Queen Anne’s Lace growing in my garden and have always wanted to paint it. This year I finally came up with the idea of how I wanted to highlight and accent all of the characteristics that so mesmerize and captivate me with regard to this flower.

Queen Anne’s lace is a delicate white flower with carrot-top like leaves, everything about this flower, the stems, the flower heads and the leaves are all lace like and I wanted to make this aspect of the flower read even more so in my painting.

This painting is composed of a vintage sunburst quilt with beautiful golds and blues and reds on a creamy feedsack background. The sun patterns of the quilt repeat the flat dense umbel shape of the flower heads, while the large Provence comfit jars offset the delicate and spindly nature of the flowers. Overall the painting composition is about similarities and opposites with my love of fabric and pattern included into the mix.

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Framed Painting
{24″ x 36″ – oil on linen panel}

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Camellia in a Ming Bowl, 7 x 8 inches

Camellia in Ming Bowl by Elizabeth Floyd, 7 x 8 inches, oil on linen panel

Camellia in a Ming Bowl

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Framed Painting – SOLD
{7″ x 8″ – oil on linen panel}

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