"Basket of Lemons" Oil, 24" x 24" SOLD from an Italian market in Rio Maggiore, Cinque Terre
A few years ago, I asked my mom to pick anywhere in the world to go on a trip, and she picked Italy. We went for three weeks in late October, and it was lovely (if chilly). I ending up mostly taking pictures of artfully arranged fruit in the outdoor markets, unusual signs, and Italian graffitti. I'm still painting from the images. Because it was overcast most of the time, the paintings have a different kind of light to them, more diffuse than what I normally look for, with less shadow pattern to hold them together. Still, I think they have a nice feel. I must not be the only one; this painting sold this week. I also heard that another couple returned to buy the painting only to learn it had sold.
Okay, total confession here. This painting took over 8 years to complete, possibly 10 (I've lost track of when it was started). Not 8-10 years of continuous painting, mind you, just that long passed from inception to completion.
I like to get most canvases done in a matter of weeks, at the most, but this one got started just before a very tumultous time, and subsequent multiple upheavals, moves, etc. Just the life in general thing. It even survived a flood, in just its first-wash state. I had always been attracted to the idea and the composition, though, (I loved those little yellow pear tomatoes that I grew in my own tiny raised bed garden back at the old place) and I had spent good hours making a very detailed underpainting.
Over all those years, I kept it in a back room, pulling it out now and then, trying to find the guts to complete this painting it or throw it out. At some point recently (with a show looming) I decided it was time to finish this for once and all. It took a couple weeks, maybe three, of pretty concentrated effort. So; Ta, da, here 'tis..
This image is from a rose in our garden aptly named Golden Wings. I'm working on another version of this flower, hoping to have it complete this week. Also a couple of orchid paintings.....stayed tuned.