Friday, May 6, 2011


Study: Chinese Fortune Cookies
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 4" x 6", 2011
painting # 6

"In order to gain what you cannot loose
You must give up what you can loose."

from a Chinese fortune cookie


Chinese Take-out: The Preliminary Studies

Study for Chinese Take-out
James Aponovich
Graphite on paper, 2" x 3", c. mid 1980's

Some ideas and aspirations never die. This tiny sketch is about twenty five years old, but I continue to be intrigued with the concept. It's not what you paint, but rather how you paint it. Almost everything I paint has had various studies done beforehand.

LInear concept study: Chinese Take-out
James Aponovich
Graphite on paper, 7" x 10", 2011

This sketch shows the central take-out box filled with shrimp, peas, noodles and two chopsticks. On the left is a bowl with orange slices and on the right are fortune cookies spilling out of a box. This rectangle is irregular, known as a 'root two rectangle'. I am considering moving the bowl of oranges further to the left and elongating the rectangle.

Painting # 6 ( as shown at the top)
Chinese Fortune Cookies
J. Aponovich

Who knew that painting cellophane would be so difficult to paint!
I plan to paint (as studies) the three themes: Bowl of Oranges, Take-out Box, and the completed painting for this week, Fortune Cookies.


Answer to last weeks puzzler : H20...water

Water is uniting theme in the objects in painting # 5 :
(Look back and find these clues.)
NE...........North By East, by Rockwell Kent
Chinese ideogram is Taoist and the quote is from the Tao Teh Ching (chapter 8)
Pattern on cloth represents clouds and rain.

Are there any winners?

Copyright James Aponovich 2011


  1. Nice. The cellophane is exquisitely done!

  2. Bravo James! You never cease to amaze me.


  3. Tricia,
    Thanks for following along on this painting journey!