This painting has a funny little history. It started off as a painting of some other scene. I came to dislike the original image, as I often do, and wanted to paint over it – but the surface was quite irregular. I solved that problem by applying gesso over it very thickly, then bouncing a paint spatula over the layer to make a kind of pattern. Then I just painted the new scene over it. I think it turned out to have a nice look about it.