"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being it is possible to have real communication with the earth, which is the highest form of prayer." Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, December 17, 2015


OK, here are several of my tabletops from this past year. Even though the first one is shot in water and not exactly on a tabletop, I used the same methods.

Not too sure where this idea came from - perhaps a dream. 

Grapes and Roman head - this may appear dark on your screen but in print it looks more what I was going for and that's a 17th century still life, with a dark thick impasto.

                     Figs - this came out pretty much the way I pictured it in my head.

Another attempt at a dark thick painting style quite common in the 17th century particularly among the Bolognese and Emiliano painters of Italy.   The Po River Plain style is another inspiration. 

For a reference you may want to look at the works of Aniello Ascione (1680-1708)

One thing they all have in common is the dark almost black background which is something attributed to Caravaggio - this "scuro" background that allowed the "chiaro" to be front and center influenced many painting styles in Italy.

All images ©2015 Andy deBruyn  For prints please email me at unbutin@yahoo.com.
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