This tablecloth was a gift, intended for a possible still life painting. It’s actually not even a tablecloth, but a wide scarf. It’s not the type of pattern I usually look for, but I really like the intensity of the pink. The more I looked at it, the more I was drawn to the pattern. It started reminding me of aboriginal paintings I’ve seen. The dotted lines become little trails the viewer can follow throughout the scene.
Because the color was so vibrant, I was careful to keep an eye on my values. I wanted to keep the value range tight through most of the painting, allowing only a few pops of light, like the plate on the bottom edge. You can see a black and white version of the painting below, to see what I mean.