Monday, July 9, 2012

Still Life and not so still..... Life

When summer finally arrives, every farm stand beckons like a gigantic still life arrangement begging to be painted. The rows of fruit and vegetables, flowers and farm equipment all pull the eye. I love to visit them! A classic and favorite farm stand is North Sea Farms on Noyac Road in Southampton. Run by 80ish year old "Tate" King and his son Richard, the farm has "a little bit of everything" and all of it wonderful. They grow their own fresh produce in the summer and carry their own fresh eggs and poultry year round.

The chicken coop, with all of the hens peering out to see their visitors, is the first thing you see. For a special treat, children adore going around back to visit the menagerie. This weekend, I went back to visit my favorite menagerie member, the gorgeous peacock. Mr. Peacock was hiding out under a tarp trying to stay cool in the 90+ degree heat.

Winter painting projects are often the still life. These arrangements of inanimate objects often remain in the studio for weeks. Painters of items that can spoil know to paint those subjects first "before they go bad". A small challenge if you think about conditions that plein air painters cope with: wind, weather and light changes.

I was happy to paint my Peacock Glass not having to worry about fruit spoilage, but what would it have been like to try and capture the beauty of Mr. Peacock live? I watched him pace under the shade of the tarpaulin. He lifted a leg and I pictured East Hampton painter Beth Rundquist's  glorious peacock painting.

Truly an inspiration!
Peacock 22 x 60 oil on canvas Beth Rundquist
More: Beth Rundquist  North Sea Farms Tate King

Tell me about your favorite farm stand.
Is there an east end artist that inspires you?

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