Daily Delight

St. Valentine’s Day week, I attended a showing of artist Lynne Rey’s seriously fun oil paintings – a collection of still lifes imbued with the happy calm of an organized household, featuring quiet moments of domestic bliss. 

How do I love them? Let me count the ways…

Photographed by Maaike BerstromOne – Beautiful, saturated color presented with a limited complimentary color scheme.

Peeled Orange with Segment by Lynne Rey. Photographed by Maaike Bernstrom.
 

 

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Photographed by Maaike BerstromTwo – Tight, focused crop of still life subjects with a somewhat flattened, forced perspective. As if you were viewing a small detail in a much larger painting and you are left wondering what the rest of the scene may hold.

Water Pitcher with Lemon by Lynne Rey. Photographed by Maaike Bernstrom.

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Photographed by Maaike BerstromThree – Choice of subject matter. Tulips, tea pots, doughnuts and cupcakes. Small every day and often overlooked objects of a peaceful homelife.

 Cupcakes from the Cupcake Series by Lynne Rey.
 
 

 

Photographed by Maaike BerstromFour – The smart juxtaposition of a high gilt ornate frame with daily, even mundane subject matter that elevates a portrait of doughnuts to vernerable ancestor status.

Two Doughnuts from the Doughnut Series by Lynne Rey. Photographed by Maaike Bernstrom. 

 

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Pure Whimsy.

Can you see the Doughnut Series in your kitchen? Cupcakes in the powder room? Or the Tulips in the front hall? Really anywhere you need a shot of sublime, delightful domesticity in your harried, hectic homelife these sweet little paintings will do the trick.

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