Inspired by my friend Emily Hildebrand who included me in a three paintings a day challenge. My time hasn't allowed for exactly that this past few days but the invitation did help me do three studies of these anemones, where before I felt I only had time for one. I found myself becoming progressively more interested and was very glad to have had a reason to make three.
The little bowl was made by ceramicist Judy Jackson, this one found at Studio Hop in Providence.
One evening last week , just after watching the sun go down from the roof of our hotel in Boughrar- listening to the evening prayers, watching the storks fly into their nest nearby-I stood in the darkened stairwell of our hotel which afforded a view of the little market across the tiny street (the "hahn-oot"). These men were chatting there. It was a peaceful moment and good to be able to draw them, so close at hand, while they were at ease with themselves.
6"x6", oil on panel. I hesitated to paint this apple because all that variation in local color threatened to break up the form. And then realized that was an excellent reason to try it. (The apple is now in my son's lunchbox.)