Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pop Tent

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed MDF, 18 x 18"Painted July 12-29, 2007, #124
One thing that wakes you up in the morning when you are camping (except crows), is the bright sun. On one of those morning, I realized that the inside of a tent might be an unusual setting for a still life. Fast forward.... Jean-Luc, our then 11 year old son and I, had done some backyard camping and the Coleman tent was still up on the lawn, when I did this photo study. These were actually the last shots I took that afternoon.

My fascination with this subject is how the light filters through these bright colored drinks and become illuminated, almost as if they have their own power source. And of course, the way the light is being refracted on top of the beverage, which often changes color. This is my third installment of the Pop bottle series in a galvanize pail. The previous two were completed in 2005 & 2006.


  1. First, know that I am restraining myself from commenting on each and every one of your paintings; they are all fabulous!

    In this one, I love all the things you mentioned about the light playing with the liquids and bottles, plus the way the pail turns the color of the tent, and the glow of the tent fabric illuminated from behind... and the title!

  2. Hi Liz,
    I become teary eyes when I read your comments...you really get what I am doing. Your last paragraph was what I wanted to add, but thought that I had already written enough. Actually the inside of the tent was a greyish blue, not my favorite color. I was working from a photograph printed from a commercial store printer. When I enlarged the image and printed it on my HP home printer, it turned to this blueish green. This color was much more conducive with the light greens of the grass, the oranges ,reds....it was a warmer color. We have a large pear tree in our back yard which can cast a very dark shadow. This is why only part of the grass is in the light. Visually I finds that it adds more drama, even if it is just soda pop and not Shakespeare. The title, let's just say just "POPPED" in my head the minute I saw the image.

    Thanks again!

  3. Hi Alvin, Joanna Carson here manager of Handworks Gallery.

    First I must say how excited we all are about your upcoming show.
    I just had a chance to glance at the work you posted and all I can say is wow. Your technique produces images that are so radiant it's hard to believe.

    I'll be posting the information about the show on our website very soon and would love to include an image or two.

    Looking forward to meeting you,
    Let us know if there's anything you need,


    Joanna C

  4. This one stands out as my fav of the group. I don't know if it's the colour, the fact that I like camping and pop, or what but I love it. Fantastic job.