Sunday, December 26, 2010

Silver on Silver, Spoon Reflections I, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

New Years is fast approaching, bringing with it reflections on events of the past 365 days, along with some thoughts on how we might create a few different experiences for ourselves in the year ahead.

Tin foil is a favorite backdrop for me... creating interesting passages of light and reflected color from the objects placed upon it, giving a semi-abstract feel to the painting.  This is the first time I have painted silver objects upon a silver background and I must say it was an interesting experience.  "Paint what you see", I kept telling myself,  not what you "think" you see.  Our left brain (the analytical side), loves to overpower our thoughtful creative right brain.  The left brain kept telling me to paint silver on silver, because we all know that silverware is silver in color and so is tin foil... but my right brain kept repeating the painters' mantra of "Paint what you see", telling me to really look at the spoons lying on the tin foil and paint all the colors that appeared in the reflected surfaces of each.
Yes, there were many shades of gray, but there were also tints, tones and shades of blue, and orange... reflections from the various objects that surrounded this still life that really created what I was focused on painting.
How many other things in our lives are reflections of what is surrounding us?
One of my new years resolutions is to "Paint what I see, not what I think I see..." in as many areas of my life as possible.

$150.00, 10x10 oil on canvas





















7 comments:

Julie Hill said...

Kim, so well said and so very well painted. Thank you sharing and making me think....yes thank you.

Kathy Cousart said...

Kim,
This is a really cool idea and a wonderful painting. I think you did a great job of painting what you saw! I am working on that!!!
Good thought on how many things in our lives are reflections of what surrounds us.

Carmen Beecher said...

Beautiful reflections!

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

You've taken a fairly common subject and made it really sing!!! Never thought of using tin foil as a backdrop. Wonderful painting!!!

Kim Blair said...

Thanks everyone, for your comments on this painting. Now let's see if I can tackle the knives I photographed...
Kim

Pam Holnback said...

Incredible reflections!!

Gary Keimig said...

very nicely done Kim. Great blog and art work