A Matter of Taste

This week’s prompt from Rochelle is a lovely painting of typical dining table condiments.
I hope I have added some spice with my story.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

A Matter of Taste

How much?

The value is in the symbology. 
The famous artist is making a passionate plea to his lover.

I don’t understand. What does it say?

Focus on the condiments, they are always complementary.
The spicey, romantic flirtatious pepper by the flickering candle has an offer of an honest commitment.
See the full clear glass of lemonade.

The sauce is a promise of abundant passion and substantial wealth.
Sensible salt is pondering indecisively (half full glass) between a dying flame and the squeeze of the silky-smooth future.

I expect she said no.


There’s a pepper top on the salt.

35 responses to “A Matter of Taste

  1. I’ll never see condiments in the same way again! Nice one, James.

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  2. Or… it’s just a painting of condiments! But I applaud his imagination 🙂

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  3. Great take on the painting! I should have been paying more attention to condiments! 🙂

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  4. Dear James,

    I never dreamt there could be so much symbolism and meaning to a grouping of condiments. Very entertaining piece.



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  5. Amusing and it does make you think about all those ‘opinion’ on ‘what the author really meant

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  6. You hopped into that picture in a great imaginary mood, and I dare say, you surprised us all.

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  7. A brillitant analysis of Rochelle’s painting. Perhaps she’ll tell us how close to the mark it is

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  8. I can just picture him, crooked index and thumb holding his chin, head tilted to one side as he gives this lovely analysis of the painting 🙂
    Fun one, James!

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  9. And so, I suspect, like everyone else I had to go look more carefully at the caps on the salt and pepper. They seem the same to me, but my eyes are getting old :). You really worked the symbolism here. Well done.

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  10. Oh yes, the symbolism of it all. it’s why I put Tabasco Sauce on everything but cake. Clever take on the prompt.

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  11. great job. simply one of your best. 🙂

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  12. Oh this was great and what an eye for detail you have!

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  13. Ha! Clever ending. Art is so subjective isn’t it, I imagine anyone could read anything into it if they tried hard enough

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  14. Great take. Reminded me of Manet’s, Bar at the Folies Bergeres, where all the items on the bar are chosen for their symbolism.

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  15. quiet giggles. Love the last line! 🙂

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  16. Very clever, James, and wonderful analysis of the painting. Nicely done!


  17. There’s no critic like a good critic. The rest are making it up as they go along!

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  18. James, your Rorshachian spin of the condiments gave me a hearty chuckle.

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