Lighting is from the lower right, making the brightest areas the front of the car. Notice how the light shines through the atomizer, giving the shadow a rosy glow. I moved the lighting around many, many times to get those lovely parallel shadows you see on the lower left.
This 1950’s pink pedal car was the perfect foundation; it was one of the few pedal cars of the era that was made and marketed to young girls. It's lovely stylings and sassy pink paint job seemed right at home with a day of hopping from boutique to boutique, and the idea for an image of a glamorous Paris shopping trip was born. Fantastique!
To complete the scene, I added an antique crystal perfume atomizer, dainty white gloves, and hat boxes with scenes of Parisian life. I also couldn’t resist including the tiny replica of the Eiffel Tower - a present I received over 40 years ago from my wife, Sharon.
This image went unnamed for a long time; none of the monikers I tried felt right. I showed this to an artist friend of mine and she said, “Oh, that looks like great retail therapy.” Bob’s your uncle! (That’s “There you go!” in American-speak.)
The original painting was sold due to an odd bit of coincidence: A woman at an art show saw it who had just come back from shopping in Paris with her granddaughters. She immediately bought the painting to decorate the girls’ room.