|A nod to Wyeth.
Sometimes as a way of doing preliminary studies I will make several versions of a painting as greeting card sketches. Often, that's all they will ever be, just explorations.
This 5x7 gives me an opportunity to play around with a bit of Wyeth metaphor in the imagery. Here's a list in case you haven't caught the implications on your own:
- A colonial wrought iron candle stick holder. Something that would have been common at Chad's Ford during the Revolutionary War.
- The candle is colonial style, too.
- Eggs, as in egg tempera, the medium for which Wyeth became known.
- The jagged edges of the broken egg shells remind me of the jagged edges on a log of fire wood outside one of Wyeth's window compositions.
- There is the window, of course, with the windows of the building outside peering in as Andrew might have done.
- The autumn season was one of Wyeth's favorites as was the same limited palette I'm using here.
- Andrew used a bit of underlying drama to create a certain amount of unease in his compositions. I have alternated symmetry and asymmetry to leave the viewer slightly off balance. The candle flame, almost but not quite touching the window handle causes a bit of visual tension.
- And then there are the shadows reminiscent of the shadows on the ceiling at Kuerner's. This time they're on the tablecloth.