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Still Life with Red Grapes and Bowl (with Self Portrait Reflection)

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for you to see beauty here
does not mean
there is beauty in me
it means there is beauty rooted
so deep within you
you can't help but
see it everywhere
—Rupi Kaur, milk and honey (2014), photo of book page here

Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I recommend the work of Rupi Kaur, who is a poet, artist, and performer. From her site: "As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey... [which] takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look."

If you look closely, in the bowl you can see my self-portrait reflection. Here are a bunch of my paintings with self portrait reflections

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Jug, Cicada, Grapes, and Hazelnuts (the light / the shade) (2018), greek bottle, hand-picked grapes and grape leaf (the light / the shade) (2017) [painting available; also AVAILABLE AS A PRINT], Concord Grapes with Idiazabal Etxegarai (Spanish Cheese) (2017), or a bunch of my paintings of grapes.

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Strawberries on a Delft Plate

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"Let's not shame our eyes for seeing. Instead, thank them for their bravery."
—Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems (2017), photo of book page here

Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I recommend the work of Joy Harjo, an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022. Read more at her website

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Sunset on the Lake (the light / the shade)


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mys                        mys
ti                             ti
cal                          cal

voy                        rev
age                         o
                              lu
a                            tion
round
                              a
its                          round
own
                              the
ax                          sun
is

Excerpt from the light / the shade by Robert Lax, pp 40-41.

If you enjoy this painting, you can also see other paintings from my the light / the shade series, or my other paintings of sunsets or lakes or landscapes.

If you like instagram, follow me @abbeyryan8 to see the #mindfulstudiopractice poetry and photos I share, in addition to my paintings. On facebook, find me here.

Also, if you're new to my blog, all of my poster downloads are available:
  1. Earth Without Art is Just EH
  2. Art Enables Us To Find Ourselves, and Lose Ourselves at the Same Time
  3. Relax, Slow Down, Simplify
  4. One Goes As One Goes, Then One Shall See
  5. All Shall Be Well
  6. Magic Is Still Possible
  7. Art Washes Away from The Soul....
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Still Life with Cherries and Silver Creamer (with Self Portrait Reflection)

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"Each human is a complex, contradictory story. Some stories within us have been unfolding for years, others are trembling with fresh life as they peek above the horizon. Each is a zigzag of emotional design and ancestral architecture. All the stories in the Earth's mind are connected." 
Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems (2017), photo of book page here

Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I recommend the work of Joy Harjo, an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2019-2022. Read more at her website.

If you look closely, in the silver creamer you can see my self-portrait reflection of sorts. Here are a bunch of my paintings with self portrait reflections


If you like instagram, follow me @abbeyryan8 to see more #mindfulstudiopractice poetry and photos I share, in addition to my paintings. On facebook, find me here.

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Still Life of Peonies in a Silver Pitcher (with Self-Portrait Reflection) (larger painting)

Still Life of Peonies in a Silver Pitcher (with Self-Portrait Reflection)
oil on linen on panel, 2022, 12"x9"
Private Collection

If you look closely, in the silver you can see my reflection and my hand & paintbrush reaching towards my easel. Here are a bunch of my paintings with self portrait reflections. Also, this silver pitcher and the peonies were given to me as gifts (from different people) -- follow that link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by the generosity of others.

If you like instagram, follow me @abbeyryan8 to see the #mindfulstudiopractice poetry and photos I share, in addition to my paintings. On facebook, find me here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Pink Peony Buds (2021), Still Life with Pink Peonies in a Silver Cup (2020), or a bunch of my paintings of flowers.

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Pear (present moment)

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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Three Pears and Crystal Goblet (the light / the shade) (9x12 painting, 2019 - available for purchase), Still Life with Pear and Handmade Korean Bowl (2020), or other paintings from my "present moment" series

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Blue Skies Reflected in Brandy Snifter (present moment)



Looking closely, you can see my reflection in the glass. Here are a bunch of my paintings with self portrait reflections. Also, this brandy snifter was given to me as a gift -- follow that link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by the generosity of others.

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Stacked Stones (Cairn) No. 3 (present moment)

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It's been a little more than 5 years since I stacked stones for a painting. A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones, and the word cairn comes from middle Gaelic. Since prehistory, they have been built and used as burial monuments. In modern times, cairns are also built as landmarks, for ceremonial purposes, and to mark trails, among other purposes. 

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Stacked Stones (Cairn) (larger painting) (2017), Stacked Stones (Cairn) No. 2 (present moment) (2017), other paintings from my "present moment" series, or a bunch of my trompe l'oeil paintings.

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Still Life of Blue & White Bowl with Onion

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This blue & white bowl was given as a gift to me. #gifts #grateful. Follow this link to see more of my still life paintings that were inspired by generous gifts from people in my life.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Onion and Bowl (2010), Still Life with Cherries, Silver Bowl, and Dutch Cheese (present moment) (2018), or a bunch of my paintings of onions or bowls or blue & white objects.

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Oyster with Lemon (commission)

Oyster with Lemon
oil on linen on panel, 2022, 5"x6"
Commission (sold)

I completed this small commission painting earlier this year and I've also been working on a very large commission painting. I hope to be able to share about it later this month, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, I'll be back to posting auction paintings this week. If you don't already follow me, I share updates and studio views at @abbeyryan8 on instagram here and facebook here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Oysters, Peeled Lemon, and Silver Pitcher with Self-portrait Reflection (2018, larger painting), Oyster No. 3 (2010), or a bunch of my paintings of oysters.

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Cantaloupe Slice, 2021


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"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
~ Mother Teresa

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still life with Jug, Cantaloupe, and Figs (the light, the shade) (2014) or a bunch of my paintings of fruit.

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Still Life with Pink Peony Buds


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“There is always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.”

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Pink Peonies in a Silver Cup, Peony in a Glass, or a bunch of my paintings of flowers.

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Two Figs (Yin & Yang)


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This painting continues my "yin and yang" series that I began back in 2010.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Two Pears on Blue Block from Patmos, Greece (Yin & Yang) (2018), Red Pear (Yin) and Red Pear (Yang) together (2015), or a bunch of my paintings of figs.

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Still Life with Beach Rock and Hand-picked Apple (magic is still possible)

 
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This is my fifth painting in my "Magic is still possible" series. Since March 2015, I've been periodically doing paintings in a series that celebrate "Magic is still possible," the quote on my July 2014 free poster that comes from a great slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In it, Leona shares his perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Stacked Stones (Cairn) (larger painting from 2017), or a bunch of my paintings of apples or rocks.

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Still Life with Asparagus and Copper Bowl

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If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the copper bowl. Here are a bunch of my paintings with self portrait reflections.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Copper Bowl and Three Eggs (Homage to Chardin, 1732) (2018), still life with copper pot and pears (the light, the shade), patmos, greece (2017) [print available here], or a bunch of my paintings of copper objects or asparagus.

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