Monday, November 16, 2009

Lemons with Stripes

Lemons with Stripes is a simple composition of objects/subject matter... yet if we delve a little deeper we are rewarded with some interesting trivia.   I mentioned that I am doing research into the history, use and significance of the stripe, which has taken me in many different directions.  Subjects that at first seem not to be related are woven together with invisible threads.
The stripe took on a hygienic meaning which could be why many objects associated with cleanliness became striped, such as the tea towel, dish cloth, table cloth, diner napkin... and of course the fresh scent of a lemon is associated with cleanliness as well as being an important ingredient in numerous tasty recipes.
So even though these two objects create a simple, pleasing little still-life painting, you can now see a few of the connecting threads...

12x9, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

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