I have a great tangerine tree in my backyard that, although small in stature, produces a huge amount of super juicy fruit. Sometimes I have to pluck a few unripe tangerines so the branches don't break under all the weight.
For this painting, I started with an all black canvas. Initially, my plan was to make the napkin turquoise, but changed my mind and went with cream. Also, I planned to paint dark green over the black as the background, and I did. But I wasn't satisfied with the look, so I washed black over the green and kept it.
The black makes this painting feel real classy, black tie event classy, hence the title "Orange Is The New Black". Who knew that tangerines could be so chic!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.