|Roses and an Apple 24" x 18" January 10, 1993|
This piece is the first classical still life painting Ron Marlett created during his career as an easel artist. Ron applied light to the subject matter very much the way Baroque artists did in the 17th century, but the arrangement of the shapes is quite contemporary. The long leaves resting near the crystal vase lead the viewer's eyes to the center of the painting. The apple, discarded flower, and water drops act as elements that asymmetrically balance the yellow, orange, and white flowers at the top of the pictorial space. The long stem rose that reaches up into the painting's negative space in the upper right corner works with the apple to balance the vase and main flower arragement that was placed off center.
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