Memory Blocks II

Memory Blocks II - SOLD

Just finished another Memory Blocks painting. The block on the right is my father Shimon circa 1961 or thereabouts. I have to ask him when exactly this photo was taken. These blocks are a blast to paint. I made them new and shiny at first, then aged them and felt like a Master of Time.

6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm) oil on gessobord panel


10 thoughts on “Memory Blocks II

  1. Fantastico! I really like your memory blocks. The reverse image and table reflection is fascinating. You have demonstrated an amazing ability to learn a new medium and become a pro at it in no time.

    Is the man on the right block someone you know? A family image perhaps?

    I want to pick the blocks up and play with them.

    • The man is my father. This photo was taken in early sixties. I love painting these blocks, it is probably going to be a series. My daughter wants these blocks too, but she is not getting them :D. They are for painting. So pleased you liked the painting, Carol!

    • These blocks are very special! They have an interesting and complex feel to them. I am getting an occasional comment that perhaps still lifes with them are a bit boring, but I think the complex emotion makes the painting worth the trouble and time. Just like you said. Thank you for your comment!

      And it is not overnight! I am working with oil for three months now, lol! And still have a ton to learn and try before I would get to where I want to be. But one thing is true: after watercolor oils are so easy to control.

  2. Alex – these are wonderful – I love these sort of old fashioned blocks – I have some in our kitchen that spell out home in a shabby chic aged style! Your work is just impeccable and your recent spate of still life paintings is inspiring me to give it a go sometime.

    • Thanks, Nicola! Still life is an wonderful genre, allows you to construct your own little worlds and infuse them with thoughts and emotions of your choosing. There’s no end to what an artist can invent here!

  3. Wonderful way of marrying a portrait to a still life, Alex. I get the feeling this man was a hard worker thus the choice of the running rabbit or busy rabbit block. The reflections make this an eye stopper, I think. …and, once again, I’m drooling over your darks.

    • Thank you, Leslie! I didn’t think of this as uniting portrait with still life when I composed and painted it, but it is true. Funny subconscious works! Yea, darks in oil are sumptuous.

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