I saw this silver gravy boat in an antique store and immediately knew it would make a great subject for a painting. My first instinct was to polish it but my husband said to try painting it tarnished. Pairing it with two other old objects gave it even more significance. The book is my favorite swashbuckling romance from the 1940's, Captain Blood, and the glasses belonged to an ancestor--though I don't know exactly which one. They are incredibly small! Our noses are much bigger today.
The book was originally resting on a dark gold (yellow ochre) color. Changing it to red made everything show up better since it is the compliment of green.