I painted this in 2011 as a one-hour activity for our mentorship group at the Burlington Art Centre (the now Art Gallery of Burlington). It would be fun to show you how different everyone's paintings were. I didn't have a very good view of the table, so I got up to sketch in the elements with paint. While doing that I made decisions, moved things around, edited some out, abstracted others. Then I went back to my table to paint, occasionally getting back up to take a closer look, to see what papayas actually look like, or what was essential about a cantaloupe that I wanted to convey. I should also mention that this is painted entirely using a spatula, no brushes or "proper" painting knives.
The result is what I call 'Dynamic Still Life (Fruit)', a staid but referential (Futurists) title for a refreshing experience of active looking and perspective-changing.
What do you do to shake up your own perspective?