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A Tisket, A Tasket

Debra Keirce


“A Tisket, A Tasket”

12”x12” Oil on Panel

Framed to 14”x14”

While painting this still life, I couldn’t stop thinking of the 19th century nursery rhyme that starts with “A tisket, A tasket, a green and yellow basket.” It’s curious to me how these things get into our head and never leave, yet I can run into my neighbor at the supermarket and not remember their name. I had so much fun painting this piece, and eating my props after of course!

The inspiration for this painting was Caravaggio’s still life. He is best known for his figurative paintings of 16th century peasants in a technique that uses dark backgrounds to emphasize the light in his compositions. This is my favorite painting of his though. I love that the background is light and cheerful, and he used the dark of the basket and the leaves and fruit to create his light patterns. Carravagio’s genius skillset is showcased in this painting, and the way he includes all the imperfections of his wilted leaves and blemished apples makes my heart sing.


INspired by

“Basket of Fruit”

by Caravaggio


Oil on Canvas

Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

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