This recently completed still life is yet another gathering of things that I love to look at, but had never been brought together until I started trying out different combinations for a new drawing. The boldly designed vintage tablecloth was not among the pile of textiles I had set aside to accompany these beautifully bumpy and spotted Calville Blanc D'Hiver apples. The old bowl, with its worn gold stripes, and a crack mended with a brass staple, had always charmed me, but I had never filled it with fruit.
Searching for a naturally lit place to set up my still life, I was drawn to the sunny porch, where this tablecloth was already covering the table onto which I unloaded the apples from a bag. They looked interesting together, but I decided I needed a container of some sort. These antique variety apples are really large, so off I went to find a bowl big enough to hold a bunch of them. I had always meant to include the mended bowl in a drawing, and it just happened to be the perfect size for these huge apples.
(Antique Apples and Mended Bowl, 12x12", colored pencil on Pastelbord)