I am taking yet another painting class in my never ending quest to improve my skills and stretch myself as an artist. Recently our instructor challenged us to paint a still life composed of primarily white objects. It was a real test for me to try to capture all of the subtle shades and shadows with not a lot of color. As with most of my paintings, I had to put a bit of my own spin on the arrangement…
A dented spider like a snow drop white
On a white Heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of lifeless satin cloth –
Saw ever curious eye so strange a sight? –
Portent in little, assorted death and blight
Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth? –
The beady spider, the flower like a froth,
And the moth carried like a paper kite.
What had that flower to do with being white,
The blue prunella every child’s delight.
What brought the kindred spider to that height?
(Make we no thesis of the miller’s plight.)
What but design of darkness and of night?
Design, design! Do I use the word aright?
White Pitcher Study, oil on board, by Pamela Copeman
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