Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Chinese Supermarket Lorient

Chinese Supermarket Lorient (Work 1)

Every few months we have a trip to the Chinese supermarket in Lorient to stock up on essential cooking ingredients. This emporium seems to be open all hours, it is certainly open on Sundays and is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a quick dip into another culture following perhaps a very old tradition, as the city’s name comes from L’Orient which is French for “The Orient.”
Inside this temple to all things exotic the light floods in from the roof windows, illuminating a feast of colours and smells. Delicate rice bowls sit alongside teas for all needs. Silk dresses and jackets for impossibly thin frames nestle up to sacks of jasmine rice while perfect pork dumplings enjoy the fridge space, juxtaposed with chickens feet and fine tea-smoked fish. Maroon Buddha’s preside over crates of cloth shoes. Sesame oil is available in huge drums and red lanterns are suspended from the roof scaffold, swaying slightly every time a spice-seeker enters this sensory explosion of a shop.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 003
This painting is for sale:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.


wanda knight said...

Great color! Super supermarket painting.

Jane Walker said...

It is a scintillating picture but the text is just as good - you really can write!

vivien said...

lovely evocative paintings :)