In Full Bloom

By Kelly Compton

In the context of these rush-rush, always-on-the-move times, it’s gratifying to find that the genre of still life is very much alive and well. Today the longstanding tradition of depicting flowers, objects, and various kinds of food (especially fruits and vegetables) is being sustained by an unexpectedly robust community of watercolor artists who take the time necessary to slow down and study their favorite inanimate things.

Matthew Bird, “Chesapeake Pride,” 2019, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in., available through the artist
Katie Musolff, “Dirty Little Entanglement,” 2021, watercolor on paper, 8 x 15 in., private collection
Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian, “Pink,” 2020, watercolor on paper, 20 x 16 in., private collection
Carla Gauthier, “Reflections on Happy Hour,” 2019, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in., available through the artist
Kirk Larsen, “Sushi off the Cuffs,” 2009, watercolor on paper, 9 x 11 in., available through the artist
Arline Mann, “The Reunion,” 2020, transparent watercolor over graphite on paper, 13 x 23 in., collection of Goldman Sachs

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