16″ x 24″ — Oil/Canvas — 2009

When I found the “It’s Story Time” primary reader at the antique shop near my house, I was hoping there would be another similar book. I had to dig pretty deep through shelves of old smelly books, but eventually I found this “Off to School” from the same series, with a bright blue cover.

I think the limited bright color on the canvas and the way the blue contrasts with the yellowed paper edges of the other old books help the composition. I propped up the old primary reader against the thick, heavy Manual of Psychology. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.


  1. Books, says:

    Hi! Chris Stott,
    I have to agree with you, wholeheartedly, the composition is very…nice and so is your use of light and shadow.

    I really like the way you juxtapositioned the books against each other…and once again, the painting entitled Off to School is very beautiful.

    Thanks, for sharing!

    By the way, I wonder if and when you plan to release information about your current exhibition.

  2. Chris says:

    Hello DeeDee, thanks for your great comments. I really appreciate them.

    Right now I do not have any work in exhibition. But I will be participating in a December group show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. And in June 2010 I have a solo show at the gallery… which will keep me very, very, very busy all winter long. I’ll write a post about it and I think I’ll start posting work-in-progress images again.


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