I’m still suffering so here’s another kind of pepper. There seems to be about 20 varieties on Fethiye market in the summer. Let’s hope I can get out and about pretty soon or I might end up painting all of them, God forbid!
In need of inspiration as I’m suffering from a tummy bug so perhaps this is a strange object to paint but needs must if I want to maintain my Daily Painting target this week.
The container of choice around here is a recycled olive oil can. Everywhere you look you will see them along the edges of garden paths or perched atop stone walls leading their second lives as garden plant pots. The filling of choice is the geranium followed closely by chillies and tomatoes. Depending on the standard of the owner’s green fingers they range in quality from straggly, underwatered and underfed, sad cases to splendid, bushy specimens in the peak of condition. It’s the cans themselves that fascinate me as in their original, pristine state they are normally highly decorated examples of mediterranean product advertising featuring bucolic landscapes, portraits, poultry, ornate patterns and obviously olives in all their forms. After time, rust takes over and the beauty of the design slowly fades, replaced by a different kind of beauty. A bit like their owners, come to think of it.