Roses and an Apple by Ron Marlett.

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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