5×5 inch. Artisan oil on gesso panel. Black core mounted on grey backing board, black gloss frame.
I started to think about this painting as part of a series on how Lyme has changed the way I look at everyday things, from long grass (where ticks hide) to lemons (which help me detox) to garlic. In the past I looked a garlic purely as a culinary ingredient, but it is also a powerful antimicrobial agent, which I now often take in the form of allicin and part of my medicinal armoury against Lyme. Apart from this meaning, though, I just loved painting the pink and peach hues of the cloves, contrasted with the papery white skin and glossy black bowl.