TOMATOES & WISTERIA ENTWINED ACRYLICS ON CEDAR W/RED OAK FRAME FALL 2022
This spring our neighbor, Simme, gave us a cherry tomato plant to put in a tall planter by our wisteria arbor. It has grown well and has produced a bounty of small but delicious tomatoes. One thing I really like is how the tomato plant grew upwards as the wisteria grew downwards to intertwine in the middle. So, call me a romantic, but it makes me think of two people in love joining hands together. The surprise appearance of a few very late wisteria blooms added to the color of the ripening tomatoes. All told, it was a gift that brought us joy in many different ways. This is a “bookend” painting meant to go together with my recently finished EGGPLANT HARVEST. Like that previous painting, this was inspired by both the Japanese Rinpa School and the works of Ito Jakuchu, and they are meant to celebrate the harvest that late summer and early fall brings. The frame was made out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. The Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak was used to finish the frame.
DIMENSIONS: HEIGHT: 24 ½ inches WIDTH: 11 ½ inches