Chopstick in a Bottle

Painting a day: Chopstick in Bottle
"Chopstick in a Bottle"
Oil on panel, 10 x 4 inches


I've had this very nice, very graphically appealing set of chopsticks collecting dust in my studio for over a year. They've turned out to be surprisingly difficult objects to work into still lifes. This particular composition came up at the end of a longish evening of playing around with about 20 objects for potential paintings. After trying to balance the chopstick on just about every single object, in a moment of frustration I just dropped it in the bottle.

And that was exactly what I needed to do... sometimes, good paintings have bad starts.

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