This still life painting by Jean-Baptiste and Antoine Monnoyer captures a richness of color, texture, shadow, and light. The blossoms and fruits evoke a bountiful energy that invites us to step further into the scene. Our own lives also offer places of abundance, richness, and delight, if we take a moment to step further into our scenes as well. We invite you to take a moment today to write about the ‘still life’ around you. Is there a scene unfolding in your own space that feels bountiful in its own right? If so, let’s write about it! If not, let’s imagine it into existence! We also invite you to take a trip to the Museum to see this piece in person in our Marion Miller Overlook Gallery and write with it there.
We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can use one, both, or write whatever else comes. Just set a timer for 13 minutes and keep your pen or pencil moving.
I am celebrating… / I wish…
Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the year. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM
Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer; Antoine Monnoyer, Still Life with Flowers, Fruits, a Parrot, and a Monkey, 1690/1699, oil on canvas. Museum Purchase: Support provided by Laura and Roger Meier through the Director’s Fund and the North Building Campaign, public domain, 2004.1.