Razor Thin

Garden 1, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20
Garden 1, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Garden 1, oil on canvas, 16×20

Garden 2, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 30x24

Garden 2, oil on canvas, 30×24

RAZOR THIN

THE LINE between gardening and painting is razor thin, and one often bleeds into the other. June is an especially auspicious time; sowing, thinning, weeding, and transplanting countless thoughts and ideas.

It is a lush time, packed with sensory experience: the fragrance of flower, soil, and paint; infinite shape, habit, and texture; a continually unfolding palette of extravagant colors.

Daily reminders that my sense of touch is as profound as that of smell. I have not brushed the center of a dandelion or run my slow fingers along a blade of grass since I was a boy, yet I know exactly what they feel like, down to the dandelion’s hollow, milky stalk, the subtle, rough surface of the seemingly smooth grass.

Vase of Flowers, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x18

Vase of Flowers, oil on canvas, 24×18

Oasis, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 9x12

Oasis, oil on canvas, 9×12

Abstract 22, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14x11

Abstract 22, oil on canvas, 14×11

Cityscape, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x12

Cityscape, oil on canvas, 16×12

Abstract 23, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Abstract 23, oil on canvas, 18×24

6 thoughts on “Razor Thin

  1. Love the way Abstract 22 zings you around the corner into the middle then out the back of the painting, depth and distance and close all at once

  2. Garden 1 and garden 2 are so compelling I’m being a pulled away from my own gardens to stare at yours. They’re beautiful. I see peonies.

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