Lemons and the Head
oil on canvas
One of many still lifes I set up for students. The "head" was
a sculpture that my mother had done many years ago. This head used to
drive students mad and there were inevitable groans when I brought it
out. I admit, it wasn't easy to paint, because of the tilt.
An interesting aside: Mom apparently didn't like it too much. She complained
that she was working in clay and, as she worked, the clay, being softened
by addition of too much water, kept bending the face back. She'd prop
it up again and work on the features and pretty soon, whoops!, back it
went. finally, she accepted the inevitable. It became a peaceful face,
rather than a strong face. I believe the sculpture was then cast in plaster
September 12, 2002
Copyright c. 2002 by Pam Coulter Blehert. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.