Barbara and Julie Nunes have been painting together for many years. They met at a designated spot each weekend and paint en plein air. On this day it was raining so they were stuck in Barbara’s studio. Ms Nunes looked around for a still life to paint and saw Barbara’s cluttered desk. She was intrigued by the Harlequin hand puppet, one that she used in her commedia dell’arte acting. Julie says she did not move a thing, just painted what she saw.