Saturday, September 3, 2011

WEEK 23 / APPLEDORE: Still Life with Peaches

Appledore: Still Life with Peaches
James Aponovich
Oil on canvas, 10" x 18", 2011

Sometimes paintings do not cooperate. They just don't listen, are stubborn and generally behave
badly. At this point they are sent to spend "time out" with their face against the wall, sometimes for weeks, months or even years.
This painting was started some fifteen years ago as an oil sketch of bunches of grapes, it was not working and soon was abandoned to the basement. The stretchers were ripped off and used for another painting. There it languished until I recently found it and brought it back into the studio.

We now have wild grapes growing on our property and peaches are ripe and beautiful, so I gathered some grape leaves and set out to make things right! The setting for this still life is Appledore Island, part of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. Much more painting will be done on Appledore so stay tuned, it's a great story.


John Johnston
Still Life, 1810
Oil on panel, 14" x 18"
City Art Museum, St. Louis

I am a big fan of American painters. This country washed clean and refreshed the vision of so many artists. This still life by John Johnston is strangely modern in concept, ( or I am, not so strangely, archaic). My painting is a reinterpretation of this sweet still life.

copyright 2011 James Aponovich

1 comment:

  1. Another wonderful blog post. I so enjoy seeing your beautiful weekly paintings, reading the background you post and learning about your inspiration. I am so glad there are still a few more months left in this year.