07
Dec
10

the pomegranate

oil on mdf board, 12″ x 16″, 2010

I just finished this painting in my studio….I’d started it Sunday evening and finished it tonight.  (I had to—the pomegranate was starting to dry out!).  I definitely see the influence of the recent still life work with Jaye.

There are a couple of interesting things to me—and probably ONLY to me—that I want to record about this painting:   The first is that a few years ago…maybe as many as six or seven?–I had been looking at Diebenkorn images of knives in vegetables, sometimes on cutting boards, on tables, and I’d tried to do it, but couldn’t.  I showed my friend, Stella,  and she immediately painted several BEAUTIFUL veggiescapes–she is still doing the most incredible, beautiful paintings of vegetables, one of which (of avacados)is my favorite paintings of hers.  I feel so happy to have finally begun to do this work I wanted to do so many years ago…  The second is that while I was painting this on Sunday evening, our friend, Jonathan, came for supper (another amazing artist!) and as I was telling him about my troubles with drawing (one of which is the neuropathy in my hands since chemotherapy) he suggested I try what he does, which is paint with my non-dominate hand.  As soon as I tried it, it helped me to slow down even more—just as Jaye’s suggestions with brushes, thin paint, detailed observation of light changes and layers.  Now, I am using my left, and when it goes numb, I switch to my right, and then when that one goes numb I switch to my left……It has helped me surmount that problem completely and improve my work.

I love eating pomegranates, by the way (who doesn’t?).  So, having this image around all year (this painting is for me—it is not for sale) will allow me to think about enjoying my lovely pomegranate when they are not in season.

 

Happy 7th night of Chanukah!


1 Response to “the pomegranate”


  1. 1 Lesley
    December 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    All of your still life paintings are amazing Viola!!! I love this one…the detail on the knife and the board make the image literally jump off of the page. A very three-dimensional quality to it, and it is not easy since you are working on a two-dimensional surface!!!

    Had to go back and study it, and noticed the folds on the cloth! WOW … just fantastic!


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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
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