Sunday, July 13, 2008

Bowl of Lemons - Circular Composition within a Square

Bowl of Lemons – 6" x 6" Oil on Canvas Panel - SOLD

In this painting I was going for a pretty classic image, a bowl of fruit. Initially my goal was not to make such a symmetrical and compact composition, it came together that way. As I posted a few months ago, I really enjoy the “circle within a square” motif, with its sense of a beginning and an end while always staring over and never ending.

I just feel it is a stable and optimistic compositional format that looks forward while also being happy to stay in the present. Oh, I do not know if this is how others feel, it is just my impression every time I think about it and my way of explaining to myself, why it repeatedly crops up as a composition in my paintings… maybe others have a different opinion, this is just mine.

Thanks, Liz


df said...

Nice bowl. You have really captured the texture. This painting has such a nice "touch". Thanks for visiting my blog. You have some great compositions here.

E. Floyd said...

Thank Dee, building interesting composistions is always a priority, especially with smaller formats.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thanks for visiting me, Elizabeth. I'm sure I've been here before because I recognize the beautiful paintings and drawings. Wonderful!

FX Mom said...

I, too, love the full-frame circle in a square. The three levels of detail, from the sharp painted border and texture of the bowl to the much simpler, but very vibrant shapes of the lemons to the neutrally shaded background, are just beautifully balanced. I love looking at it on my "lemon wall.""

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Thanks for visiting FX Mom! I am so happy to hear you love having the painting :)