still-it's life

This gallery showcases my representations of Still Life. Will there be fruits? Vegetables? Flowers in a vase? Wine and cheese, anyone? Or perhaps those are a bit too prosaic for this artist. See how this gallery develops. The images may be a bit less dynamic than my usual fare but, still, it's life.

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SURF + CITY

Still life boards, standing tall and waiting patiently for the the opportunity to catch the perfect wave. This was created to hang at a laundromat in the heart of an L.A. County beach city that features art on its walls by local artists for the enjoyment of its patrons. I put the abstract cityscape behind the boards to represent Santa Monica, a very cosmopolitan beach city.

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I often visit war themes in my artworks. Like death and taxes, it's the one thing humanity can count on in this imperfect world. The abandoned boot and somber rose represent the loss and utter futility of war. It can also represent any battle; physical, spiritual or emotional. Several color adjustment layers were incorporated for the dramatic palette of my first foray into still life.

BLACK BOOT  BLOODY ROSE
A HAPPY THREESOME

I guess I'm not above being prosaic. Sunflowers have been done and done by artists, some quite famously. But I have always loved their big, happy blooms in a sunny, friendly color. Is it any wonder they're a favorite still life subject? Of course I gave these my own twist with the erosion-corrosion effects that are a personal signature.

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'It's not you, it's me'...'I don't deserve you'...'we've grown apart'...'I need time to find myself'...'we can still be friends'. Whether you've heard those words, or said them yourself, meet  'Love is a Many Clichéd Thing'. Representative of the very human penchant for drama. Although I'm definitely a light at the end of the tunnel kind of gal, sometimes I like portraying what's inside the tunnel. 

LOVE IS A MANY
CLICHÉD THING
LOVE TO WAR

Love. War. The two go hand in hand. There is much to LOVE in this life. There is much to WAR about in this life. And battles come in many shapes and sizes; from the bickering among family to full blown confrontations among countries. Those who have a belief system in things beyond the corruption of this world know that love everlasting wins.

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WAITING NEVERMORE

How many texture layers were used in this somber image representative of waiting (for what...for whom?) Let us count the ways: 5 on the wall, 7 on the floor, 3 on the roses, 3 on the table, 5 on the window frame and 3 in the sky. And under 30 layers is not many for a Sketchie Beast creation.  

NON-COMPLIANT
COOTIES

Ah, 2020. Where everyone developed a very unhealthy (pun intended) fear of 'cooties'. On the other hand, I have always loved Cooties...those hard plastic body parts in primary colors. A favorite childhood game that inspired the image with a 2020 twist. This piece is also part of my 2020 Vision Series and inspiration for an amusing BLOG post.

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