Still Life

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"Table for Three Guests by the Golden River," (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry, 30" x 40," oil on canvas (original reference photograph is in the public domain).

"Table for Three Guests by the Golden River"

30" x 40" 

Oil on Canvas. 

(Original photo reference is in the public domain.)

Privately owned.

"The View From Harold's Room," (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry,

"The View From Harald's Room"

10" x 20"

Oil on canvas.

Privately owned.

This beautiful painting was commemorating a trip to France by my client, who took the photograph from the inside of the Villa where they were staying...I enjoyed so much doing this for them! The beautiful warm yellows, and cooler greens and blues and greys play together with both curved and square parts within the composition. The room is serene with the light moving through. The reflections in the plate draw the eye to the window, and beyond to the scene outside...lovely!

Grapefruit and Avocado, (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry,

“Grapefruit and Avocado”

4” x 6”

Colored Pencil

Private Collection

I love this tiny picnic tablecloth, like an oriental rug, and these fruits are two of my favorites. Many think of the Avocado as a vegetable, but it is really a fruit. These are in harmony, although everything is dissimilar. I use color in other areas not expected, or in the under layers to create unity.

Making Salad Dressing, (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry,

“Making Salad Dressing”  

11” x 14”  

Acrylic on Canvas  

Privately Owned (Framed: The frame has leafy shapes that suggest the "salad!").

Making your own salad dressing from quality ingredients is a good metaphor for life. Taking what you have, and making something good out of it is a useful skill. If life gives you lemons, make lemonaide, or in the case here, Green Goddess salad dressing! The yellow of the lemon, and the background sunshine streaming in bring cheer, and balance out the quiet darker elements of the painting. The creamy white, peeling skin of the garlic joins with the glass cruet to create a strong composition. The avocado with it's rich black enhanced with blues, purple and reflected yellows is full of texture. The painterly treatment here is reminiscent of Manet.

Esther's China Cupboard, (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry,

Esther’s China Cupboard
Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 28 (Privately owned).

The China cupboard in the background was given to us by my husband's grandmother Esther. All together the painting gives a feeling of ready hospitality. A combination of formality, and function, mixed with beauty and interest, catches us off guard, and helps us to feel welcome at the same time. The traditional china in the cabinet are very different than the foreign, oriental tablecloth, and humble clay teapot. The solid forms of the fruit lend an organic feeling. The beaten brass vase creates yet another different texture. The flowers, done more impressionistically, suggest movement.

Sonnets From the Portugese, (copyrighted), by Michelle Curry,

Sonnets from the Portugese, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 36 (Privately owned).

This painting is named after Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous love poetry. This painting is about the marital love bond. The dissimilar teapot and glass bowl with fruit create harmony, with dynamic placement within the composition. The central cloth pattern is from a tablecloth I have, that is from Portugal. For me, the wheels are a symbol of time, and passage of life through time. The reds speak to me of passion, and the blood ties that define family. The rough brown cloth on the right speaks about the rough, mundane hardships of life. The white tablecloth in the foreground, becomes the landscape, the hill and vale of life together.

Tea for Two on Moving Day, (copyrighted) by Michelle Curry,

Tea for Two on Moving Day
Oil on Canvas, 11 x 14, (Privately Owned).

I am convinced that objects have gravity and weight in relationship to each other. Like people, each object has a different personality, but yet there is harmony between each part. This painting is about the working in harmony of dispirate personalities. The background is a common cardboard box, speaking to the temporary housing of the soul, or the transitory transitions inherent in change. The elements of metal, shown by the feminine teapot, speak of tradition, and a longer lasting, more permanent structures. The glass vase is an old olive jar, with a peeling label not quite torn off. Beauty contained in the common. Wild roses and daisies from my yard describe mannered pleasantries offered in polite conversation. The fruit are the consumable elements, within the picture plane. The shadow on the wall behind, very like the shape of a garden faucet, is descriptive of something happening, unseen, yet very much present.