15 1/2"h x 16 1/2"w
This painting was all about challenging myself. I saw this cloth in an artist friend's rag drawer. I didn't think she would be too offended by my asking her if I could have it. She was very kind to do so. After I saw it again in my studio I was intrigued with the idea of painting a glass plate on top of it. I wondered if I could achieve that realism. I started with a very careful drawing of the pattern. I have found that with repeated pattern the drawing must be perfect or you will end up with distortion. As I started applying paint my first step was to make sure and retain the white areas. After the pattern was painted and on top of it I created the look of the center of the plate with yellow ochre. I continued to add darker values to achieve the dimension of the plate and the cast shadows. It wasn't until I painted in the cast shadows that I knew my experiment actually worked. There is a companion piece to this painting titled The Last Strawberry. My framing is always archival. The frames used on the two paintings suit the work beautifully. They are gold painted wood.