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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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Three Italian Plums, 2021

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"In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.”
—Thomas Merton 

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Self-portrait in a Blue Vase with Italian Plums, Peach, and Eucalyptus, 12x24" (2017), Still Life with Italian Plum and Silver Creamer (A Meditation on 10 Years) (2017), Pohnpeian Cowry Shell and Italian Plum (Yin & Yang) (2014), Four Italian Plums (2014), Still Life with Japanese Cup and Italian Plums (2019), or a bunch of my paintings of plums or blue subjects.

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Pear with Antique Pewter Mug



If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Red Pear, First of 2020 (2020), Still Life with Pear and Handmade Korean Bowl (2020), a bit larger framed 9x12 painting: Three Pears and Crystal Goblet (the light / the shade) (2019 - available for purchase), or a bunch of my paintings of pears.

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Blue Jay Feather and Two Lemons (Yin & Yang)

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To see other paintings in my "yin & yang series," click here. If you enjoy today's painting, you may also like to see PB & J, redux (2016), Blue Collection (Golden Ratio) (2014), Silver Creamer with Blue Jay Feather (2011), or a bunch of my paintings of blue jay feathers or lemons.

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Three Blackberries with a Wabi Sabi Bowl

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As part of my Paintings of Handmade Pottery project, the handmade bowl in this painting is from Patagonia, Arizona. The bowl is called a "wabi sabi bowl" and it's one of my favorite pieces of pottery. I want to re-post what I shared back in April 2013 about wabi sabi and Leonard Koren's book. 

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Blueberries in a Wabi Sabi Bowl with Mint (2013), or a bunch of my paintings of "wabi sabi" items.

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Still Life with Silver Creamer, Clementine, and Cranberries (Live Demo Painting)

 
Still Life with Silver Creamer, Clementine, and Cranberries (Live Demo Painting)
4x6 inches, oil on linen on panel, 1 December 2020
Thank you for tuning in to my live demo yesterday. So many artists from around the world, friends, family, Arcadia students, alums, faculty, staff, and administrators watched and live chatted. If you're interested, here is a comment from someone who tuned in: "She just keeps making it better and better and better to infinity. There is nobody past or present who surpasses Abbey’s talent and incredible ability to recreate reality without ever uttering a curse or throwing a brush across the room. I am in eternal awe of her talent and demeanor. She gives new meaning to masterpiece."

If you missed it: on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, I conducted my annual live painting demonstration in my studio (instead of Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University). The event was free and streamed live online. This painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. The auction is now live and will last for 7 days. All proceeds will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more.

I'll post photos on Facebook and Instagram and check back because I'll be adding more. Also, if you look closely, there's a self portrait of sorts down the middle of the silver creamer's reflections. I invite you to watch the short time lapse of the two hour live demo:



If you enjoy this video, you may also like to see more of my live demo painting time lapse videos

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Still Life with Persimmon and Temmoku Bottle (+ Upcoming Live Demo)


Live Painting Demo - Tuesday, Dec. 1
If you're interested, I’m planning to conduct my free December 1 live painting demo from my studio. I will start painting around noon ET and I'll finish my painting by about 2pm. You can tune in (and ask questions in the livestream chat) by clicking this link: [arcadia.edu/UKnightedLivePaint]. If you're new to my blog, you can read more about why I do live demos here. To find out more, sign up.


This persimmon was 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 Figs, Bleu Cheese, and Temmoku Bottle (the light, the shade) (2013), Still Life with Peeled Lemon and Temmoku Bottle (2010), or my other paintings of this handmade bottle made by Sequoia Miller. #potsinaction

Auction ending tomorrow at 10pm ET:
 
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Pomegranate (present moment)

 
"There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that." ~ Mark Twain

I haven't painted a pomegranate since 2017. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my earlier paintings of pomegranates or some of my paintings of red subjects or other paintings from my "present moment" series.

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Cracked Egg

 
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If you're interested, I will be conducting a live painting demo online on December 1. Details coming soon. To find out more, sign up.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of eggs.

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Hand-picked Apple with Leaves (Sept 30, 2020)

 

If you're interested, the auction for my painting, Still Life with Scarlet Runner Beans and Glass Bottle (A Meditation on 13 Years), ends soon at 7:20pm ET. 

#gifts #grateful. Follow this link to see more of my still life paintings that were inspired by generous gifts from people in my life.

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Still Life with Scarlet Runner Beans and Glass Bottle (A Meditation on 13 Years)


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A Meditation for 13 Years
A Meditation on 13 Years

Today marks 13 years since I began making paintings for this blog. You can read some of my writings on this date in past years here. This blog has made my painting practice public, but for me, my daily paintings are intensely personal and my practice is a mindfulness meditation. Through my work, I hope to share with you a sense of awe and wonder I feel about beauty that is all around us in our daily lives. In a small way, I hope my work might awaken the same thing in you. P.S. These beans were another gift from my neighbors. #gifts #grateful

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my other "anniversary" paintings or a bunch of my paintings of glass bottles.

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Hand-picked Apple with Four Leaves


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This hand-picked apple was a gift from our amazing neighbors. #gifts #grateful. Follow this link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by generous gifts from people I know.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of apples

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Still: Contemporary Still Life Paintings (virtual opening and curator tour)



I am honored my work is included in this invitational international exhibition:

Still: Contemporary Still Life Paintings
Virtual Opening & Curator Tour
Thursday, September 3rd, 6:00-7:00 PM

Virtual gallery opening and curator tour, tonight!
Join us on Zoom for the 3D virtual gallery opening and curator tour of Still, an invitational international exhibition of contemporary still life paintings.

Curator tour led by:

Calvine Harvey, Sotheby's Old Masters Paintings
Dina Brodsky, Artist

We will walk through the virtual gallery space and speak with a few of the artists in the exhibition.

Please register here.

About the Exhibition:

A still life may be static, but since the genre’s height in flowers, citrus, globes and skulls on Dutch Golden Age tables, we find that simple and stationary can breed magic: the ability to transform the everyday into something artistic, harmonious, composed and worth sitting with. Artists turn to still lifes when learning to sketch, experimenting with new techniques, or flexing their skills. The still life is the ultimate moment of meditation, honing an artist’s craft and a collector’s appreciation by breathing life and light into the everyday object.

Still: A Survey of Contemporary Still Life Paintings, presented by Sugarlift and High Line Nine, examines contemporary artists from a variety of schools and mediums working in the still life genre. The online preview and curator tour opens on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00-7:00PM. The exhibition will open in-person at 507 W 27th Street on Thursday, September 10th with social distancing protocols.

Still is curated by Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings expert Calvine Harvey and contemporary artist Dina Brodsky.

Exhibiting artists: Abbey Ryan, Audrey Rodriguez, Benjamin Hope, Bryan Mark Taylor, Carlo Russo, Caroline Nelson, Chang Ya Chin, Clinton Hobart, Dale Zinkowski, Dana Zaltzman, Daniela Astone, Dave Fenoglio, Dennis Perrin, Dina Brodsky, Eileen Murphy, Emilie Lee, Eric Johnson, Erika Lee Sears, Evan Kitson, Grace DeVito, Grant Perry, Heather Ihn Martin, Jeremy Gooding, Jess Fields, Jose Escofet, Justin Wood, Kathryn Engberg, Katie G. Whipple, Ken Goshen, Liz Beard, Louise Ernestine Anders, Lucas Bononi, Mark Reeder, Milixa Moron, Miriam Escofet, Nicholas O'Leary, Nick Gebhart, Noah Verrier, Olamide Ogunade Olisco, Owen Normand, Patrick Lee, Paul Heaston, Peter Drake, Robert Lange, Sarah Sedwick, Todd M. Casey, Travis Schlaht, Tsultrim Tenzin, Zane York.

On view in the exhibition in Chelsea, NYC:


Still Life with PB&J Halves
oil on linen on panel, 2019, 8"x10"
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