Still Life with Lit Cigarette, 2010, oil on cotton, 11 x 14

This is one of the Morandi-like things I tried to do when I had the small studio at SMFA. I remember being so impressed with the grittiness of it, and I think the lit cigarette helps. I didn't actually smoke in there. 

 

Years later I brushed on some dammar crystals mixed with citrus solvent because I thought this painting would look cooler with a little bit of a shine to it. I ended up reactivating the white somehow and smeared it all over the picture. When I was younger I was mystified when people would say an oil painting takes years to fully cure, but they always seem good to me after a week or so. Lesson learned, I guess.