Still life #9: Rotring 600 fountain pen


This is the latest installment of my still life series and is yet another way of looking for balance between “realism” and “abstraction(ism?).” The color choices were inspired be my recent study of Mondrian and it took quite a few tries to come up with this arrangement. This is the furthest I have taken design elements in this series, but they seem well balanced with the pens. I had planned to add more color shapes to the design to sort of mimic Mondrian, but that scheme made the pens awkward and beside the point. It would have ended up a confused ripoff of the great artist.

This is oil on linen on a wood panel and measures 8″ x 8″. There is more work to be seen at


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