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Still Life with Two Pears and Robin's Egg

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“Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.”

Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I often read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). Her article "Standing on the Shoulders of Solitude: Newton, the Plague, and How Quarantine Fomented the Greatest Leap in Science" explores James Gleick's Isaac Newton (2004). Here is an excerpt from her article:

"James Gleick writes of the young Newton’s plague-driven return home:

'He built bookshelves and made a small study for himself. He opened the nearly blank thousand-page commonplace book he had inherited from his stepfather and named it his Waste Book. He began filling it with reading notes. These mutated seamlessly into original research. He set himself problems; considered them obsessively; calculated answers, and asked new questions. He pushed past the frontier of knowledge (though he did not know this). The plague year was his transfiguration. Solitary and almost incommunicado, he became the world’s paramount mathematician.'" [Keep reading]

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of pears or robin's eggs.

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Still Life with Hand-picked Apple, Bleu Cheese, and Silver Cup (Live Demo Painting)
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 10 April 2020, larger than my typical auction paintings.
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