11/15/2013

A World in a Grain of Sand: Duane Keiser's Oddments

Duane Keiser's paintings are sometimes quite large, but often are the size of a large postcard- roughly 6" x 7". There is an extraordinary range in his subject matter, from close ups of a single vegetable to a crowded outdoor swimming pool or produce at an outdoor farmer's market.

In continuing with the theme of "A World in a Grain of Sand", it's time to take a close look at his series of very small paintings, which he calls "oddments". These are especially tiny, typically 3" x 2.5, and most often are an extreme close-up of a single object, or even just part of an object. These paintings are an endearing reminder that seemingly mundane little things are worth our consideration. To my eyes, these paintings are not about technique- I believe that they direct us away from thoughts of art to thoughts of life itself. Beautiful bits of life, the little things whose beauty we often forget.

Here are some of my favorites, none of which have titles or dates, just numbers. Once I got started, it sure was hard to stop. I think #227 is my favorite. What do you think?


318


256


271


277


293


317


248


227


226


218


207


200

You can see more of Duane Keiser's work at his blog, his website and his Facebook page.
 If I could paint, I would want to paint things. I love the thinginess of things. -Sylvia Plath 

2 comments:

  1. They're wonderful! I'd have to say the scissors and pin are my favourite. And what a perfect quote by Plath.

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  2. Thank you Kim. The scissors and pin are my second favorite.

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