A basket of linens, from Zurbaran's The Young?Virgin,?stayed with me for months after I saw the painting.
I loved how this simple combination of objects held their own in the corner of Zurbaran's painting, and I admired how he showed their rough, humble character. I decided?to put the basket of linens?at the center of a still life
Preliminary study in charcoal?for Basket of Linens
Setting up the still life was more difficult than I expected. After searching for a few weeks, I?found a suitable?basket?in a yard sale. I rummaged in my collection of old linens, and tried, unsuccessfully, to pose the folds with toothpicks. This is when I began to wonder, how did Zubaran do it? In the end, I arranged the folds without trying to get so close to my inspiration.
I?was happy with my?charcoal drawing, so I reproduced it on a copper plate and etched it.
(Now these etchings are available as cards that can also be framed.)
?All these preparation led up to the still life painting in oil.??I'm already thinking of painting a second variation!
Basket of Linens, oil on linen panel,?16"w x 12"h
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