I hope your weekend was a nice one! We have spent a great deal of it on our porch, eating meals there, reading, even doing projects!
I have been working on several projects recently and one of them is this new digital collage:
(As always, you can click on the image in order
to see it larger.)
This one is called "The Guest at the Wedding".
I made it from several images from the public domain collection of
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
I don't always know where my inspiration comes from, but sometimes a new project idea will form from lots of things I've been seeing, thinking about, experiencing, etc. I started following The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington on Instagram (Mr. V and I got married there) and there was a picture of the music room and the gorgeous rich wall tapestry in that room. If it had rained the night of our wedding, it's the room we would have been married in, instead of the beautiful, lush garden. (We would have had the reception in the Presidential Dining Room, which is gorgeous, but not nearly as grand as it sounds. You can't have an event of more than 36 people there, if you wish them to be seated.) The colors of my collage and the scale of the background make me think of that beautiful tapestry.
As for the fruit sitting next to the wedding guest, I think I was inspired by one of my favorite paintings "El Jaleo" by John Singer Sargent. It is one of the major pieces in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. In this painting, a flamenco dancer whirls across a darkened stage, in front of a row of chairs, where the musicians are sitting. If you look carefully, you can see there is an orange sitting on one of the empty chairs and that has always been one of my favorite details of this painting.
And, as always, seeing the beautiful images at The Rijksmuseum inspire me! How wonderful it would be to visit there someday and see some of the works in person! As you look through their online collection, you can make up your own collection to look at or use in projects later. Here's mine. Thanks, as always, to The Rijksmuseum for making so many of their wonderful works available to use for art projects!