Subjectivity of Oil Paintings By Alexand

Subjectivity of Oil Paintings
By Alexandra Dailey

Art by Sharon Hawkshawe
On Saturday while at work, I decided to stroll around the galleries and peruse the 370+ oil paintings that are now adorning the walls at The Crooked Tree Arts Center. I found myself particularly drawn to the super realistic pieces, the ones reminiscent of the Flemish still-lifes that contained teapots, flowers, dishes, ribbons, and memento mori. Some are so exquisitely conveyed that I believed I could reach into the frame and touch the depicted tablecloths. Some pieces display more contemporary subject matter while still retaining the true-to-life quality that I revel at. Other paintings deviate from realism and strive to convey…