Pomegranate and Burns' Bowl
Francine's fist commissioned botanical painting... harkening back to one of her first pieces... another luminous pomegranate.
This time nestled in a delicate Korean ceramic bowl, the two elements create a play of complimentary shapes and colours, grounded by the gentle shadow beneath. In contrast to her first pomegranate painting, largely executed in layered washes, here Francine uses a lot of dry-brush work to build the textures in the pomegranate skin and in the surface of the bowl.
Usually a quick and loose painter Francine slowed herself down considerably to create this rich and layered gem, without losing that characteristic expressive and sensual quality that makes her work so much her own.
I've included this close up to show off some of that lovely detailing and brushwork.