ARE THESE, STORIES OF YOUR LIFE?

How many thoughts of yours has your favourite coffee cup, with the aromatic, steaming hot coffee, witnessed day after day? And that decorative oil lamp of grandma's, how many stories would it say if it could speak... And those wonderfully round oranges, so orange-golden, one could, almost, say they've been painted with sunlight...

 

I'm talking about those beloved, beautiful, meaningful, everyday objects: the hot, freshly-baked loaf of bread, the sparkling, crystal decanter, the elegant, ceramic fruit-bowl...

 

I'm talking about "Still Life" art.

 

 

 

Why is that particular coffee cup your favourite one?

 

Because you like it, because something inside you whispered, to make you distinguish it from among many others, because it is a gift from a person you love, because you love its colour and shape, because it's been there for you all these years...


Why is grandma's oil lamp so irresistibly special to you? 

 

Because you know it's a gift from her to you, with all her love, because, when you were a child, and she took you in her lap, to relate to you her enchanting stories, that lamp was there by her side, because that lamp was there in your childhood years, to see you grow up...

 

 

 

And those, delightful, golden, rich, oranges? Why them?

 

Because it is that warm, revitalizing, caressing light they carry, because they are of the most precious "ornaments" to be found in your kitchen, because they are of the many gifts Nature has so generously offered Man, because when you take one in your hand, it feels as if you are holding all the sunlight of the Mediterranean in your hands...


"Still Life" paintings are more than a depiction of objects. They also show how deeply Man's life is attached to these lovely, everyday objects. And it is this, eternal value that "Still Life" art has glorified throughout the centuries. Objects that are anything but "inanimate".

 

 

"Inanimate"? Take grandma's oil lamp, for example. It even smells of her touch! How "inanimate" is that? Is there anything more insensibly "blind" than this characterization?

"Still Life" art, among other things, is a form of gratitude for all those, "simple" and yet, immensely, precious joys in our everyday life and surroundings, most people take for granted, although they are not. They take them for granted because they do not even care to pause for a second and take a look at the orange, the oil lamp, the loaf of bread, the coffee cup, the teapot, and appreciate the beauty of their presence and existence.

 

But, you and I, pause to admire beauty around us...

 

You and I can "see"...

 

 

 

 

The oil-painting on the left uses various nuances of porcelain grey to sparkling white harmoniously combined with hues of brown for an extra sense of warmth.

 

Its alternating highlights and shadows offer an added sense of texture and balance the whole composition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The painting is titled Precious Pleasures and is available for purchase in my Shop.

Click here to view details and purchase.

 

 

                                                                                           - Melpomeni -

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