The kid had picked a bowl of persimmons and was removing the skin in order to preserve them, by a process called hoshigaki. The fruit was this glowing, slightly faceted orange form, and I realized I had to paint it.
Sometimes I experiment with ways to make the idea of painting less precious, devising ways to have fun, and get ahead of the inner critic, or what have you. Last week, I upcycled a pile of cardboard boxes into painting panels, of different sizes, primed then with gesso, and set a stack near my easel. This painting is the first one I’ve used. Not sure it adds anything, but it was fun to try it. The cardboard panels would be great for value sketches, especially using charcoal.