Capturng the pawn
I've always been very involved with the game of chess. I learned to play at the age of 5, and have played actively ever since. Though I never obtained the heights of expertise I'd dreamed of, I remain a decent, competative club player. I was middle class A at my best, now class B, where I am content to remain.
This work combines my passion for the game with my love of art, and echoes the structure of my musically themed paintings. The position is not from an actual game. It is based on the Ruy Lopez opening, but the White foreground Bishop was placed there for it's visual balancing effect. Hopefully it still captures the excitement and anticipation of the game play.
The original of this painting is available for $850. I do not at this point have prints of this work. Please contact me if you are interested.
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Still Life with Grapes
One of my early paintings, a studio exercise done when I was about sixteen. This was a permanent setup in the art studio where I was taking lessons at the time. As such, the fruit was plastic, and the satin background drapery a tad faded. But the most amusing aspect about this painting was the wine. It would evaporate overnight, leaving a dark residue behind. Our instructor, Marge Colavito, would add to the glass each week, and the residue would build up more and more over time. By time this painting was done, the contents of the glass was a semisolid gel of a color that would turn away any wine connoisseur. It became a joke in it's own right, and stayed that way for other students. Overall, who knows if this still life brought more people to love art, or turned them away in revulsion?
Still Life with Brass Plate
Another student exercise, from when I was sixteen. This one was actually done shortly before the "Still Life With Grapes" above. This was another semi-permanent setup in a corner of Marge's studio. I like the other still life far better myself.