Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sparkling Treasures

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 14 x 20''
Created March 24- April 7, 2009, #157

This is a commission piece. It is yet another glass on glass study set on a grid wood storage cube with a sheet of tempered glass on top. This is the reason the base is so pale in color, light is being refracted. When they chose this particular image among the few hundreds I took, I agreed to honor their wishes, because it had the punch of colors they wanted, and the red plate was a family heirloom that was special to them both.

When I did the photo shoot, I knew that if they chose this type of imagery, it would in turn be setting the bar very high, like a high jumper going for a personal best by 10 cm. I procrastinated during the past year of painting too quickly because I knew I had this particular image to tackle. In retrospect I should have started with this one in order to put any doubt to rest, because the moment I started the pencil drawing, I realized that I could paint it. Even if it was the most complex glass piece I had ever done, if I isolated the image in small areas, it all made sense. Needless to say, I am pleased of this piece and the whole series. It was a great privilege for me to do these paintings and it was only fitting that they got to chose the title for the last piece.
-Private collection