still-it's life

This gallery showcases my representations of Still Life. Will there be fruits? Some vegetables? Flowers in a vase? Wine and cheese, anyone? Or perhaps those are a bit too prosaic for this Sketchie Beast. We'll see how this diary develops. The images may not be in my usual dynamic style but, still, it's life.

I often revisit 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 exhaustion of war. It can also represent any battle; physical, spiritual or emotional. I incorporated  several color adjustment layers for the dramatic palette for this, my first foray into still life.


And here are my prosaic flowers in a vase. I know. Sunflowers have been done and done by artists, some quite famously. But I've always loved sunflowers. They're big, happy flowers  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.

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


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 of us who have a belief system in things beyond the corruption of this world know that love will prevail and is everlasting.


How many texture layers were used in this somber image representative of love gone wrong? 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 on the sky. Under 30 is not many for a Sketchie Beast creation.  

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 Ecclesiastes 3:11