"Where do your ideas for painting come from?" several people asked me recently. Mostly ideas are all around me and, in this case, my neighbour arrived at the door with a box of mixed fruit. There is a slightly desperate look on the face of folks here in the Okanagan when they realize they've got a bumper crop of fruit: how can they consume it all, let alone preserve it all. And, of course, I am a very happy recipient.
This plum photo sat in my files from last year and I thought I've got to get around to painting those plums. But what shall I do for a background? I've been drenching myself in Old Masters' style images lately with dark backgrounds. But what about the foreground? I tried cloth, too draped, I tried prints, too distracting and then I stepped outside my door and saw our small mosaic table. Ah ha! That was it--mosaic, in yellow already, a perfect complement to the purple. So that's where these ideas came from. Just a synthesis of images and experiences.
12 X 9 X 1.5" acrylic on wood cradle board. No need to frame. Shipping will be extra.
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