Coffee, Bread, and Oranges
Original oil painting on stretched cotton canvas, 29 x 18 inches, customed framed as shown. The depth of color in the oranges, mug, and other objects demonstrates the effects of multiple layers of glazing over a highly-refined grisaille (grayscale or values painting). The wooden coffee spoon is the one Joseph uses every day in his kitchen, and the mug--Joseph's favorite--was made for him as a gift from his sister, Asheville, North Carolina potter Diane Puckett. Joseph has found that painting objects that are meaningful to him creates a strong motivation for quality of technique and provides a centuries-lasting representation of things that may be lost to impermanence.