Nothing is more visually stimulating to me than standing in front of the produce section of a good market. All those colors and textures! One of our painting challenges in class was "fresh produce". I knew quite ahead of time that I wanted to pair up red cabbage and leeks....the combination suggested by Irish cuisine that is popular this month. I thought about the color palette in advance. Of course, red and green are complements, so that is a built-in power factor. But those two primaries had to be altered....the red towards violet and the green towards yellow. I sketched and considered. My goal was to create a watercolor painting that was equal in richness to the ones I had done in oils. This painting practically painting itself.....and that is so rare. I guess we artists deserve one like that now and again. I am pleased with this painting....and how often does that happen?