I knew I wanted something with a gardening theme and tomatoes seemed like a natural choice. I liked this image too because some of my earliest memories with her were in Asheville at what was then my Great-Grandmother’s house. The moulding looks a lot like the kitchen window in that house and the tomatoes seem right at home in the corner.
The house in Asheville is a place where my Grandmother was born, grew up and eventually moved back to take care of my Great-Grandmother. I would go and stay for a week in the summer and have the time of my life riding through the fields on a tractor, playing in the creek and generally getting spoiled. Those were good times and I still appreciate every minute I got to spend with her there.
I had to write the person who bought it, explain the situation and offered to do an oil of the same picture. So, that is where this painting came from. They were very understanding and everything worked out in the end.
The goal was to abstract it to just the raw brush strokes and see if it could read without a lot of work. Most of what you’re looking at is the base black under-painting. I was super happy with the tops of the bottles as those are just a few squiggley lines.
I’ve been on a roll lately but have been remiss about posting so I’ll try to speed up the posts a bit. Title is lifted from the awesome SNL skits with Chris Katan.