How delicious! A perfect "still life". I can almost smell the peonies -- and long to know what "peppered" treat the two little bowls hold promise of. Very charming. Even the book lying in the background, hinting at journal secrets...! A lovely feeling to this, of piquant surprises. .
Yes, I think the pepper adds a special touch too: both visually, as it contrasts with the more classic elements of the still life, and in its suggestion of something intriguing in the bowls. And the notebook in the back - everything hints at interesting things going on!
Such an appealing composition, Allison. And those pretty peonies! I like the different but complementary designs on the placemat, bowls and flower vase, which makes it look deceptively casual. I agree with the others that it raises interesting questions -- what's in the bowls to be "peppered" (it is pepper, isn't it?), and what has been written or is about to be written in the notebook in the background?
Actually I was just looking through the window at a friend's (Carroll, Barbara), so the "composition" was all hers. I was just caught by the random, simple beauty of it. I believe the papers belong to my niece and friends who were about to do a play reading. Carroll has since passed away so it's a nice memory.
Allison, that is a lovely memory indeed. It is a glimpse, so very telling, of a remarkable personality and much missed, who did everything with at once such seeming casualness and at the same time with such style and pizzazz! thank you for peering through that window.
ps -- whew, somehow I passed the robot test!
Allison, there really is a story behind every photo, isn't there. What a beautiful memory of your friend. I love that the still life wasn't staged -- she must have had an artistic sensibility. Thanks for letting us peek through the window with you.