Monday, December 27, 2010

Still Life Painting, Silver on Silver, Knife Reflections I, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

This 'silver on silver' series is challenging, but it is sharpening my observation skills.  My left brain is surrendering to the creative right side, and in the process seems to be enjoying the exercise.   But, in order to be fair to both hemispheres I am indulging the left side in some historical research...

During the Middle Ages most people ate with their hands off of slices of four-day old bread.  Only the wealthy used knives.  Knives were impressive, and among the male nobility there was no better place to show off your talents than to bring along your personal knives to a dinner party and help the women folk cut up their food at the table, when necessary.  Two knives were better than one, because then you used one to cut while the other held the meat still.   Once it was no longer necessary to spear one's food with the point of a knife, (after the fork came into use) craftsmen began to create knives with blunt ends.  I would assume that rowdy banquets would be a bit safer with the sharp knives safely tucked away.

More reflective thoughts to come...

$150.00, 10x10 oil on canvas









3 comments:

Becky Joy said...

Nice abstract quality to these paintings.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Really enjoying these silver on silver paintings. Great little bit of history as well.
Loved your thoughts in the previous post. When you think about it, everything is a reflection from something somewhere...so I guess we are painting what the light is showing us.

Kathy Cousart said...

Kim,
I like the silver on silver series also. These knives are really good. Love the detail on the handle.
I also enjoyed my knife history 101. Thanks for sharing.