|The Copper Poacher|
by Jane McElvany Coonce
As many of you are well aware of, I'm on a crab jag. This is my sixth painting in my series. My friend, Jean, had the most beautiful fish poacher. It's copper and has brass handles and a brass fish on top. Although you probably wouldn't just cook two crabs in a fish poacher, ( "I bet you couldn't eat just two!") I couldn't resist the color of the copper against the color of the steamed crabs. I started painting this when the sun was out. The colors in the copper were magnificent. The next two days were overcast, and although I worked on the painting, the copper wasn't as vivid. On the forth day, it was still over cast, but as I worked on the painting, the sun burst through the clouds. I immediately went back into the copper and started painting madly. Then the sun would go behind the clouds and I would feel my spirits drop. Five minutes later, the sun came back out, and I again painted like a mad man trying to capture the colors before the sun disappeared. It was a like a contest between me and the sun. I've never experienced that before with a still life; it was crazy!