December 26, 2021
Whilst trying to imagine my version of "A Partridge in a Pear Tree," I began experimenting first with a fantastical tree. My desire was to start the painting out with an espaliered pear tree. The inspiration for the tree came about after a recent tour of P. Allen Smith's beautiful farmhome in Roland, Arkansas. To my mind, Moss Mountain gardens represent the ultimate potager garden. Since many of my paintings are inspired by botanical and wildlife, loads of insight and motivation for my own potager garden, and of course art creations, arose after the visit.
The foundation of "Partridge in a Pear Tree" is a single espallier branch, since including the entire tree would reduce the scale of the heart of the painting: the partridge.
This version of "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" expanded my vision and indulged my tendency toward fanciful and fantastical (i.e., note the meteor shower taking place amid the stars.) To quote Pascal Mercier, "Life is not what we live; it is what we imagine we are living."
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