This recent still life is a 16″ x 20″ oil on a canvas panel. I had a bunch of Clementines available in my kitchen and love their shape and color. I also like the idea of pattern mixing. As it turned out I found a dress that my daughter had started making with this beautiful magenta floral pattern on it that seemed to work. Lastly, as everything was set and I examined the entire composition I noticed the postcard of Matisse’s painting sitting in the background. Initially I planned on a close up view of the clementines, bowl and fabric but then decided to include the postcard and I think it’s turned out to be an important part of the composition. It certainly represents inspiration for me and the magic that can be found in the process of painting and following a dream.