Finding an appeal in the ordinary, Val Lewton thrilled to the challenge of creating beautiful paintings from the colorful paint cans strewn on his cluttered workbench. The palette of colors was a reminder of the latest design projects, the primed canvases, and the household projects of a consummately busy man. Other familiar materials served in his quest to demonstrate the beauty in the simple things around us. Common objects found on a kitchen countertop, the family table, or a studio shelf, with the help of his unfailing eye for composition and color, were painted as a still life.

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