Over the past few years I'v always collected horse chestnuts with my son, trying to pursuade him not to remove the nut from the shell. I take these back to the studio and allow them to dry out just enough, until the shell begins to split and reveals the jewel like object inside.
I'd normally paint these objects one at a time on a small scale but this year I incorporated them with our home grown flowers, the result is an explosive celebration of rich autumnal colour and form.
Despite having a good sized garden studio, I often prefer to paint stilllife compositions in the home, I feel a greater intimacy and connection with found/natural subject matter compared to orchestrated studio stilllife setups.
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