Thursday, November 18, 2010

Calimari on Blue Dish

Oil on Linen Panel
8 x 10

One of the dishes that I prepare, usually at holidays, is stuffed calamari and it is a favorite of my family members. When we arrived in The Haigue one of my daughters first requests was for a stuffed calamari dinner. In preparing the dinner I set aside a few to use in this still life much to the chagrin of the dinner guests. I finally finished the painting after several sessions. I tried to deal with the odor by sealing them and putting them in the freezer for short sessions, but it was a struggle, well now they are gone and I am a bit sorry for having wasted them.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

An Update

It has been a long time between posts. For a period I was very busy with some family matters and was not able to spend time at the easel. In early October we traveled to The Haigue in the Netherlands for the birth of our grandson who is now one month old and a bundle of joy. I have two small still lifes in progress and hope to post some new works in the coming days. Yesterday we visited Mauritshuis, a wonderful museum filled with paintings of 17th century Dutch masters. It was our second trip to the museum and we will return several more times. It houses Vermeer's, "The Girl with the Pearl Earring," which of course is very beautiful. There are several Rembrandt's which simply took my breath away, it truly was the "Golden Era" of art.

Here is picture of our little grandson, Enzo Paul Maas, another work of art.