Basket Man

July 18, 2013

 

20x20 oil on stretched cotton canvas

20×20 oil on stretched cotton canvas

Twice a year in Round Top, Texas there is the Antiques Weekend that lasts 2 weeks and has grown to include neighboring towns. You can find crafts, refurbished items, old junk, furniture and even the kitchen sink. This guy was selling baskets he had made. He would dunk the baskets in a tub of water and then shake the extra moisture out. I have never made baskets before but I am assuming wetting them made them a tighter weave when they dried. I was drawn to the vibrant colors in the baskets. I have always wondered what draws me to a possible painting first. Is it the colors, the composition or the light and shadows first?

 

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