A small potted Begonia was all I needed to find some initial inspiration for this still life. Sometimes paintings happen that way – there’s a moment and an idea that comes together without much effort.
I can’t say this wasn’t a risk because although I felt sure about working with the plant, trowel and vintage gas can, I knew the grouping didn’t make complete sense. There was something appealing about that element of the composition.
The vintage gas can I’ve had for many years and bought it because I liked it’s design. In the context of the arrangement I connected with it being a vessel for liquid that may or may not be good for the flowering plant. The discord in that provided a point of interest and break with a more traditional examination of logical or related things.
While I wouldn’t water my Begonia with gas – living things do need fuel to prosper and grow. What that fuel consists of is an individual matter and fruit for another story…