still life

still life painting in the style of William ScottNovember 5, 2015

My favorite painter, hands down, is William Scott, a British artist of Irish and Scottish descent, best known for his still lifes (I never, ever thought I could love still lifes so much!). The simple objects he chose to depict became flattened and abstracted over the years, until often they appeared as mere forms and pattern. Remarkably simple, his paintings radiate a powerful and exuberant presence. Today, I’m making a “Still Life with Cross,” loosely inspired by Scott’s work.

Portraits often seem pregnant with speech…But no word will ever be spoken [in a still life], among the flowers and snails, the solid and dependable apples, this heap of rumpled books, this pewter plate…These are resolutely still, immutable…it is the act of painting them that makes them perennially poised, an emergent truth about to be articulated…-Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. -Lao Tzu

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. -Taoist proverb

In the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am: unbound. -Nisargadatta Maharaj

Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness. -Meister Eckhart

Compose yourself in stillness, draw your attention inward and devote your mind to the Self. The wisdom you seek lies within. -Bhagavad Gita

Be still, and know that I am God. -Psalm 46:10 KJV

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