Every day I stare at the pumpkin on the kitchen counter and wonder if I will cook it before it decides to rot. This pumpkin was purchased before Thanksgiving, a mere five months ago. Why is this pumpkin still holding its shape? I suspect it is here to present the possibility that it should be painted, drawn, or both. That is exactly what I did today. The still life included the pumpkin, a mango, a tomato (somewhat past its prime) and an onion. Like the numerous unrelated natural forms, the composition lacked a rhythm and balance that I intended. Possibly there should have been two onions or tomatoes to help with repetition that would have created the movement that I had hoped for. Since the whole purpose of my explorations in watercolor and collage thus far has been to enjoy the process again, I decided to play around with the image a bit more.
Looking for a way to make the composition a little less static and predictable, I thought of Piet Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie-Woogie” painting. His use of horizontal and vertical lines to form rectangles of interlocking colors was the inspiration for the new background on my painting. Of course I couldn’t resist mixing in some colored pencils and a touch of ebony again.
Once the background was complete it reminded me of a tablecloth I have somewhere. I suppose it is seasonally appropriate even though the pumpkin may be a bit out of sync with the spring motif.