“…the Windowsill” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:   "Blinking at the Windowsill"    Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Blinking at the Windowsill” Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a still-life of flowers from my gardens, in various vases on my kitchen windowsill, on a blinding summer morning in late July.  The sunlight streaming in was so bright that day!  I wanted to capture the appearance of the light and its reflections through the glass vases.  (Painted 2011)

“Fire box” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Firebox" / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “Firebox” / Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

This is a still life of the fire in my wood stove during a past winter.  I love to sit by the fire and gaze at the flames.  I become lost in their dancing.  In this work, I tried to depict the different types of flames I noticed  in the fire.  Some were orange with flickering tips of blue.  They reminded me of Tibetan imagery of flames.  Other flames were bright white-yellow, exploding out from beneath a burning log, and bursting with orange sparks.   The coals consuming the logs burned blue-hot.  (I usually associate blue with coolness, but not in this fire. )  I also liked the high contrast of the dark background of the firebox with the brightness of the flames.  I find that it is a challenge to paint fire, but it is fun.  (Painted 2011)

“A Little Light / Reading…” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "A Little Light / Reading: That time we lost power and…" Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

Title: “A Little Light / Reading: That time we lost power and…” Acrylic on canvas, by NH artist Denise Clark

In New England, we often lose power during harsh winter storms.  This is a scene from one such night.  We clustered around the wood stove and used a tiny battery-powered light to read.  I really liked the way the blue white light of the reading light contrasted with the orange yellow flames.  (Painted 2015)

“Trumpet Vine” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:  "Trumpet Vine" / Acrylic on Canvas

Title: “Trumpet Vine” / Acrylic on Canvas

This trumpet vine blooms near my swimming pool.  The day I saw these flowers, I loved the contrast of the hot red trumpets against the intense turquoise of the pool water.  I planted the original vine nearly twenty years ago to attract hummingbirds.  That original vine has since become  as thick as my forearm and has spawned countless vines all around my yard.  These flowers are from one of the spawns.  This painting is from a series of small paintings that I completed in the summer and early autumn of 2014.  (Painted 2014)

“Lily #2″ : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Lily #2" / Acrylic on Canvas

Title: “Lily #2″ / Acrylic on Canvas

This painting of a lily from my garden is the second lily in a series of small paintings (see “Lily #1″)  that I completed during the summer and early autumn of 2014.  I love the shape and colors of these flowers, particularly the fragrant varieties.  The stamen and pistils are strangely erotic – plant sex!  (Painted 2014)

“Lily #1″ : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title: "Lily #1" / Acrylic on Canvas

Title: “Lily #1″ / Acrylic on Canvas

This is a lily from one of my pocket gardens, alongside my deck.  It is the first lily in a series  (see “Lily #2″) of small paintings that I completed during the summer and early autumn of 2014.   I especially love fragrant lilies and I try to tuck new specimens into my gardens every year. Each spring I look forward to my lilies emerging from their winter hibernation.  Each summer, their sweet scent and luscious colors are intoxicating. (Painted 2014)

“Iris” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:  "Iris"  / Acrylic on Canvas

Title: “Iris” / Acrylic on Canvas

These irises are from my garden.  They were new to the garden – I had just planted them in the early spring. When the irises bloomed, I loved the colors and the classic shape of the flowers.  To me, they represent the ideal,  iconic  iris design.  (Painted 2014)

 

“Degas’ Tutus” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:  "Degas' Tutus" / Acrylic on Canvas

Title: “Degas’ Tutus” / Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is of some large yellow marigolds from my pottery container garden.    While gardening one day, I noticed the design of the three marigolds and I liked the way the yellow of the flowers contrasted against the blue and green colors of the large ceramic pots.  The shape of the flowers and how they flared-out reminded me of the tutus worn by ballerinas in works by Degas.  (Painted 2014)

“Blue Bowl / White Rice” : Inside the Artist’s Studio

Title:  "Blue Bowl / White Rice"    Acrylic on canvas

Title: “Blue Bowl / White Rice” Acrylic on canvas

This painting began when I noticed a bowl with rice left out  in my recently renovated kitchen. Initially, I just liked the image of the blue bowl against the white background of the new countertop and tiles. However, as the work progressed, it became a meditation on the nature of hunger in the world:  how, in some places,  that little bit of rice might be someone’s entire meal.  (Painted 2011)

Prints of “Blue Bowl / White Rice” are available at my Etsy store.