For your consideration, a signed oil painting on canvas by the listed artist Nancy Seamons Crookston, circa early 1980’s. The subject of this exceptional and rare still life painting is Crookston’s mother’s doll, a prized possession of the artist . The work displays a charmingly psychological atmosphere; the central figure of the doll holding a "leg on a stick" is repeated in the single rose and offset sugar bowl lid. The painting was created at the beginning of Crookston’s tutelage with the noted Russian-American painter Sergei Bongart (1918-1985) and was created in the alla prima technique; alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previous layers of wet paint. The work is in excellent condition with no damage and measures 30” x 24” (original period frame 32” x 27”). The painting is noteworthy for its fine draftsmanship, sure paint handling, and dynamic color palette, and shows wonderfully in every environment and with any décor, both traditional and mid century modern. In 2002 the artist was inducted to the Oil Painter's of America as a master signature member. Crookston’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous shows in the United States and Japan.
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