Small stone #28

Magnolia, David Bates, 1993

There’s a word for it: impasto. Paint so thick and chunky it can’t help but make a still life move. This magnolia, this white and green and brown magnolia ~ it doesn’t fade into the background. With strokes of such grand relief, it swirls out of two dimensions and right into my hands. I rub the waxy leaves, drink in the petals’ perfume.


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