Az Zeroing in

Still Life with a Twist ~Z~

Today’s post was planned as ‘Zipping to a close with Zeal’ and the results of some painting. Zod’s Law (being a  more polite phrase than with an S), since my last post for ~Y~ my energy was zapped to zero and pain levels zoomed. I spent most of Sunday having many extra zzzs and was too unwell for painting or drawing today too.

So the twist for today with my still life is that I am presenting precisely ZILCH in the way of new art.

I suppose I could have left it at that with the previous sentence, but to at least be pictorial about it:

So hey, I brought new art to my post after all – and the ZEKE filter in MSPhotos gives it an extra little raZZamataZZ.

I suppose if I’d had the sense I was born with, I’d have decided along the way to simply print a photographic still life and put that in a frame and never mind the extra effort needed to make a painting. But that would somehow be missing the point.

Anyway, I haven’t entirely abandoned the idea of painting, and we’ll have to wait and see what arrives with my Reflections post on Monday 7th May. Apologies for any disappointment (although you must have seen it coming, if you’ve been reading along the way of my A to Z posts).

One final glimpse into historical artists who painted still life:

Father and son, Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664) and Juan de Zurbarán (1620-1649) were accomplished Spanish painters in Seville. Francisco de Zurbarán is best known for his paintings of Saints and religious figures, but also made a few paintings of still life, two examples shown below:

By Francisco de Zurbarán – http://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/online-gallery/on-line-gallery/obra/still-life/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23999
Still Life with Oranges, Lemons and a Rose, 1633, by Francisco de Zurbaran, public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Juan de Zurbarán apprenticed in his father’s studio and he is believed to have worked collaboratively on some of his father’s paintings. He was however primarily a painter of still-life subjects. His life was cut short at 29 years of age when he and several of his brothers were killed having contracted plague during the 1949 epidemic in Seville. Two examples of his work are shown below:

Still life with Plate of Apples and Orange Blossom, 1640, by Juan de Zurbarán [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Still-life with Fruit and Pottery, oil on canvas painting by Juan Zurbarán, c. 1640-45, Cincinnati Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons (CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication)

If you’ve been taking part I hope you’ve enjoyed the A to Z Challenge. If you’ve been reading, thank you for your time and thanks to everyone who’s hit the like or left comments, your support has been much appreciated.

Zipping to a close then, until next time with Reflections (May 7th) and hopefully…

~one final reveal~

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