Saturday, January 3

This is one corner of my studio, where I am working on several still-life set-ups at once. I guess it looks confusing to anyone else, but I just hone in on the scene I need, and I find it useful to have a few going at once. I may need to wait a few days while a certain section or layer of oil paint dries on one canvas, and in the meantime I have other things to work on. In fact, I sometimes have a dozen paintings in the works at once. I admire the bravura of alla prima painters who whip off a quick painting in one setting and I do it myself sometimes with landscape and portrait studies. But still-life painting is meditative for me: calm, ordered and deeply felt. Not just a quick impression.