When I visited Italy several years ago, I spent a few days on the Isle of Elba. There I spent time at open air markets filled with assorted and sundry products and objects, some from Italy, some imported from other countries. At the time, I took some photos of items of interest to me, which included jewelry from Turkey, for example. I enjoyed the mix of things. The flavor of my adventures there, the markets among them, prompted me, upon my return home to paint some of the items displayed on a table. Below I'll post one of the earliest of these works...because I didn't stop with those first couple of watercolor paintings, but have continues over the past few years to recreate that experience using a variety of objects I've selected that carry with them the richness of the vision that remains with me.
Above is a more recent piece, one of 4 paintings of mine that will be displayed at the Community House in Birmingham MI beginning later next week. In a new program begun by that facility, I have been chosen as one of their "Resident Artists". These paintings will, I am told, be exhibited as part of the decor on their main floor. They will be priced for sale and a 35% commission of sales will go to the Community House. If you are nearby, stop in to see what's new in their location on Bates Street, Birmingham MI. These works should be exhibited by January 27th, if not sooner.