Why — if a yellow plate with a honey comb and a honey jar sitting on it is like the moon —  like a moon in a dark night sky composed of arabesques of leaves and flowers — why is the picture a still life and not a landscape? Why not just paint the moon and the stars?

Of course maybe (it’s entirely possible) the picture is not a moon at night.  Maybe a honey jar is just a honey jar, a yellow plate is a yellow plate, a honey comb nothing more significant than itself alone.

I don’t know why I even brought it up.  (Someone asked me only yesterday if I ever experience synesthesia.  Does this count?)

I just thought it was moon-like in its light.

2 thoughts on “honey picture: night and day in symbols

  1. Mmmm! I love this too, the painting and your questions. Whenever I see blue and gold together, it does something to me. Especially gold this brilliant, blue this deep. I can’t say when looking at it I’m seeing honey jar or moon. I’m just feeling the shapes and colors, I’m feeling warm and deep. I’m loving the roundness of the plate and the curve of the petals on the table cloth, the transparency of the jar, the opaqueness of the red blossoms. It all works, it all comes together and speaks to me. That’s all I can say about it.

  2. I am so glad you commented. What a fun comment. An entirely different interpretation. I like the idea that we can say many different kinds of things about art when we see it. There are innumerable possible narratives. Thanks, Deborah!

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