I've been reading a monograph on the amazing realist artist Alan Magee. I love his work and how deeply he reveals the essence of an object. He writes "the beauty of a thing reveals itself with attention."
I have always felt this way about my own painting. I relish the long hours of deeply looking at the curve of an object, or the many colors in a shadow. And with all the hours, days, and weeks of looking, I feel that I get a little closer to the "unseen" that is always present in our lives.
"At the Chelsea Flower Show (Begonia)"
Oil on Linen
20 x 20"
By Elizabeth Barlow