This painting was made on packaging paper. The paper was originally used to wrap clothing and leather goods. I spread out the creased paper, sprinkled some water on it, and ironed it flat. Although not completely flat, it can be used for painting.
And what did I decide to paint?
I went to the countryside to take a walk a few days ago. I saw that the people at one house had planted bergamots in large plastic buckets filled with soil, and that the trees were bearing lots of fruit. The yellow skin of ripe bergamots is extremely striking. I felt impelled to bend over and take a good look at the trees and fruit.
So I decided to paint bergamots.
The owner of the bergamot trees said that bergamots love cleanliness, and a tree that has been touched by an unclean person will no longer have flowers or bear fruit. I have no idea whether this is true or not.＠