Did you think I’d moved to the country and got a studio overlooking some fields?

It’s a little trick! I wanted to try out a still life composition with a landscape background but felt I needed some visual reference – hence the printout. I painted the window and went on to paint the foreground and it just wasn’t working out tonally.

I gave it a white-wash to try to knock back the strong greys of the window but that made it worse still. So I opted for what I know best and put some patterned fabric in the background instead. Who knows, one day maybe an ‘art-ologist’ will scrape away all the layers in this one and discuss the original window composition!

Pears © Claire Leggett