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June 5, 2011

Still Life á la Ginny

Inspiration can come from literally anywhere. In the case of the still life, above, it arrived courtesy of a comment made by fellow artist/gardener/blogger, Ginny, of Gypsy Girl Grounded blog. In the post previous to this one, Ginny proposed I have a contest where faithful readers would send “a piece of art, a plant, a pot [and] a baby’s arm holding an apple” as part of a prize mix. Well, that disparate list of elements intrigued me; I decided to set up a still life using each of them, and based on Ginny’s blog. I knew I had a baby’s arm somewhere, and after a little digging, I found it. Part of an advertising display, it had broken off long ago but I liked its classically cherubic posture, so I’d kept it. And, being that this would be a Rancho-based still life, the apple in the arm’s hand would be a tiny cactus apple. Now, to gather the other elements on the list …

The “piece of art” is a framed abstract painting from the flea market; the “plant”, two succulents from the Rancho’s front yard; the “pot”, a ’50s-era dark green ceramic half-cylinder with a rusted metal surround that features shapely cut-outs. Additional elements include the lid and base of a glazed ceramic box, a spiky seed pod found on Mt. Rubidoux, and a large aged steel tray as backdrop. Ginny’s blog, artwork, and photographs, are colorful, but with a boho-religious-Latino vibe, that sometimes verges on the dark, so the items I chose for the still life reflect that by being both bright and dark, rich and saturated. Complicated … like you’d expect from a Gypsy Girl Grounded. Thanks for the inspiration, Ginny, I hope you approve of the still life you inspired.

Be sure and check Ginny’s blog here to see her still life based on the list of ingredients she suggested … Inspiration: it’s a two-lane highway!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2011 4:57 am

    Oh careful! You could have still-life challenges coming in from all over the blog-o-sphere! What fun….

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 5, 2011 5:01 am

      Ha! I can think of worse ways to spend my time … this was fun!

  2. rosenatti permalink
    June 5, 2011 5:31 am

    A White Punks on Dope still life! Fabulous.

  3. June 5, 2011 6:04 am

    Wow, that is so awesome Reubin! Made me almost cry! I love it and it has inspired me to do one of my own! The textures and surfaces and pot and and color pallet and the reminder string on the finger…super cool! It will give me some inspiration of my own during this No.Cal. January-like weather. Might have to a lttle dismembering…glad you got the “What do you want from life?” reference.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 5, 2011 12:10 pm

      Thanks, Ginny, I’m glad you enjoyed my fun little exercise in Gypsy Girl encapsulation … btw: the string on the finger was pre-existing … the advertising piece the baby arm belonged to had a slogan like: “Remember Acme spark plugs” or some such. I tried to remove the string but it’s glued on. So there it is!

  4. June 6, 2011 8:36 pm

    Hi Reuben! May I use a couple of your photographs on my blog? With photo/artist credits, of course! I did a Reuben inspired still life yesterday.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 6, 2011 8:42 pm

      Aboslutely! I can’t wait to see what you came up with.

  5. June 7, 2011 3:12 am

    i get the feeling your life is never still!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 7, 2011 4:40 am

      Haha… It’s not a still life if I’ve got hold of an idea …. like this one. Just had to do it!

  6. June 7, 2011 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the fun and the link!

    I think that you should teach a still-life workshop at RR! I could come down and help with the camera/tech stuff!

    I can’t post comments to my own blog right now, so thanks again! I hope some of your other readers do their own interpretation, it would be cool to see what others come up with!


    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 7, 2011 4:54 pm

      You’re welcome and thanks for again for the inspiration … I loved that you didn’t know what the baby’s arm significance was until now; I actually had to get myself to forget it when putting my still life together… Hmmmm, a workshop … I’ll have to sign up for some spare time somewhere, although I have been thinking of having painting classes in my backyard, anything to get me to do some painting again myself! … Reuben

  7. June 8, 2011 9:45 am

    that still life is gasp worthy, endlessly appealing to me — would hang a 18 x 24 or that on my wall in a second. Cool.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 8, 2011 11:55 am

      Thanks, Rochelle! Because a few people have said the same thing I’m thinking of having some small prints made of it …

      • June 8, 2011 3:28 pm

        Yes, please!

      • reubix1 permalink*
        June 8, 2011 4:20 pm

        Cool.. will let you guys know when (and where) you can get a print.

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