BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Inspiring pictures for writers – breakfast by Bertha Leonard

bertha-leonard-breakfast

I love the detail of the table (what’s going on with the sugar bowl?) and the background. At first sight it seems to be a conventional domestic interior until you realise that the perspective warps and forces you to focus. The slice of water melon is about a third the size of the odd-looking cooker and while it looks right where it is, surely it is pretty sloppy housekeeping to leave it in the middle of the floor. I’d love to get close and study it in detail, but this is all we have and, as it stands, it is an invitation not to take the ho-hum of everyday routine at face value.

I haven’t been able to find out much about Bertha Leonard, except that she was a popular artist in the Philadelphia area since the 1970s. Born and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she was quoted as saying that she painted her home town as “10 percent realistic, and 90 percent imaginary.” Not a bad recipe for a story…

 

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3 comments on “Inspiring pictures for writers – breakfast by Bertha Leonard

  1. suzannebowditch
    November 25, 2016

    Fab pic 🙂

  2. C.J. Black
    November 25, 2016

    Reblogged this on Same Train, Different Track.

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