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Painting: Oil on Paper.
Inspiration can come from funny places. For "Tomato Soup" it came from picking tomatoes out of our garden this summer. This was our second attempt at growing tomatoes in England. The first time wasn't successful at all. I can't even list all the things we did wrong. We learned from our mistakes and tried again. So, in 2016, we had a great selection of fresh tomatoes.
I had no intention of painting tomatoes. It just happened. I had some extra red and yellow on my palette. I had just picked this bunch and washed them earlier in the morning. As I walked past the tomatoes on the counter, the light was hitting them favorably...and I decided to paint them.
You might ask, what is with the white division in the middle of the painting? The intent is that while it is one piece, each square would be framed separately. In a way, it is a small tribute to Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup. I had just recently been to the Tate Modern for the first time, while Campbell's Soup is not there, his Marylin piece is. Seeing one of his pieces up close, helped me appreciate his work a bit more. Even if I have not really be a huge Warhol fan before.
That is the story behind 'Tomato Soup'. A little bit of extra paint, fresh picked tomatoes, and a splash of Warhol. Mix them together...Tomato Soup!