Bethany Saab (SOLD)

The First Jasmine, 2021

50 × 60 cm
My paintings have an unintentional vibrancy and saturation. I set out to paint realistically but they seem to take in their own brighter expression. I paint familiar household items around my own home, and pay homage to the unplanned vignettes in daily domestic life. Each item has its own story and place in the personal history. My painting practice is about pure appreciation of the things around me, and leaning into an intense observation of tone, form, and the substantiveness of the object. It’s about uncomplicated gratitude for one’s immediate surroundings, and a slowing down in each moment to observe the small beautiful things around us. A lot of that is in light, refractions and in shadow and the lines they take.
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