Dedication in the face of decay.

Posted by Michael Best on December 14, 2014 0 Comments



You'd have to go a long way to find a better story about dedication to the practice of observational painting than that of Deborah Shaw's Cucurbita maxima.

It is a 10" x 17" watercolour on paper sold to a private collector at the 17th annual exhibition of the ASBA at the Horticultural Society of New York. In permitting me to show it in the gallery on this site, Deborah confirmed that it was truly an observational painting: "By the time I finished the painting, the squash was so rotten I had to carefully roll it off the painting table into a trash bag. House stunk like lingering rotten pumpkin for months. Peter puts up with a lot!"

Apparently the long-suffering Peter's woes at the hands of a botanical artist spouse go way beyond a rotten pumpkin. Watch this space - more to come.


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