Pruning Knife with Garden Twine.

I love the handle of this pruning knife. I remember my delight at finding it, at a vide grenier in Brive, South West France, very early one Sunday morning. I could imagine it had spent it’s life in the pocket of a stout Frenchman tending his vines, pulling it out every now and again to prune and snip and maybe eventually remove a bunch of ripe grapes. The texture and patination on the blade was wonderful to paint. In my imaginary Frenchman’s pocket was also a ball of rough twine for emergency repairs and here it lends a beautuifully sinuous line to the painting and completes the classic triangular composition.

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