Rhododendron in a Chinese Bowl by John Funt, 2021 (27.5" x 32.5")
Framed dimensions are 7.5” H x 32.5” W x 2.5” D
This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting by Norfolk, Connecticut-based artist John Funt entitled Rhododendron in a Chinese Bowl, 2021
Framed dimensions are 27.5” H x 32.5” W x 2.5” D
Oil on panel
“Done in the heat of July when these 'Boule de Neige' rhodos bloom here in Connecticut. Tey are painted against the palest blue I could mix just touching the brush in blue and working it into the white. The bowl is imagined but I remember a bowl from childhood that held twisty branches in our entrance hall like this one.
These paintings are inspired by my greenhouse and garden, primarily, and celebrate the palette I see in the plant world accentuated by each season. I literally divide my time between the studio and the adjoining greenhouse and garden—both provide a needed refuge. I will take a plant cutting to the easel and paint/study it. I celebrate patterns in leaves, petals, textiles and happily disappear into the process!
I find the use of vintage frames adds a collage element. So often a painting is a simplification of ideas. For me it is a process of editing and as such requires an initial complexity of color and detail which is painted over or refined. The gessoed panels allow me to sand, layer and edit more than canvas would. I seem to never tire of the simple forms of flower pots and vases and the elegance of leaves: green has always been the anchor."
Vintage wood frames collected for their unique beauty are chosen by the artist specifically for each new painting.
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