Monday, November 23, 2015

A Painting of a Raw Oyster

A few weeks ago I learned how to shuck oysters. Interesting that one of the more expensive things you can order in a restaurant takes as much skill to prepare as opening a can of paint. It reminds me of something artist Robert Jackson told me. At one of his openings, standing in front of a giant painting of balloon dogs, mention was made that he makes his own balloon dogs. One woman was surprised that he was so talented, and he wondered if being able to create a lifelike painting of balloon dogs didn't also count for talent. 

This was an interesting subject, with not enough shell visible to reveal the mother-of-pearl iridescence, but interesting assortment of textures from wet and shiny to polished shiny to the crusty outside surface of the shell.

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Three Blueberries

Few things are such a vivid blue as blueberries.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Hungarian Wax Pepper

Nothing is as challenging as the vivid yellows and oranges of a big yellow pepper. Reflections are every bit as important as the translucent quality of this vegetable. The whole thing lights up with the glow of sunlight, resulting in a great lesson in color observation.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Red D,Anjou Pear

Until December 25th, I will be making available twenty five very small framed 5 inch by 7 inch paintings, for a special promotional discount price of $240, just in time for the perfect holiday gift. As though that weren’t enough of a holiday miracle, included with each painting will be a gift certificate for $240, good toward the purchase of any piece from my current and upcoming available inventory of full-sized paintings, valid from the day you receive your very small painting until December 31st of 2016. As many certificates as you collect can be combined together for any purchase, although these cannot be used in combination with any other offer or promotion. The paintings will be listed as they are finished, here on the Very Small Paintings page, as well as on the Paintings of David Oleski Facebook Page, to be sold through the modern miracle of Ebay.

All things begin with a red pear.

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