Friday, March 30, 2007

Daily painting practice - Bad News

I found this bottle in our pantry. It will probably be there for the next twenty years. I can't remember why we bought it in the first place. Maybe it was for medicinal purposes.
Time to tone down some of the colors. The background is too bright.
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Bad News
oil on hardboard

The name says it all. It has always interested me how people react to bad news. Some get upset, or angry, or quiet. Some seek the comfort of friends and others seek the comfort of being alone.
In this painting the unopened bottle and upside down glass next to the newspaper tell a story set in time. What happens next is created in the viewers imagination.


Cara said...

Peter - this is wonderful. I love it when a painting pulls me in and forces me to participate. Great subject matter and as always, great painting.

Anonymous said...

Great job, Peter.....especially with the newspaper.
Love the warm amber tones of the liquor too.

Ed Terpening said...

Your instict to tone down the background was right on. I am glad you showed the painting in that early state--ad to hear you don't have bad news yourself. That was my first instict when i read the post's title in Google Reader.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Peter, a super little painting. It is exactly right in tonal variation, colour, level of detail - not too fussy - anyone tries to render a newspaper they will know what I mean. This is absolutely great.

David R. Darrow said...

Great painting!

And really, it's good news: you can write off the brandy as a business expense on your taxes.