Friday, November 19, 2010

Pomegranate or Granada


This month's challenge for the Paint and Draw Together blog was a luscious and lovely pomegranate or in Spanish, granada. To be perfectly honest, I have never in my life, eaten one of these fruits. And from reading about the best growing conditions, I can tell that they're not grown in south Florida, generally. I did love the chiaroscuro quality of the photo itself and thought that it would be an interesting challenge. Well, challenge, it was and I spent far more time on it then normal. I worked and re-worked those little seeds! And I'm not sure they convey the same lusciousness as the original photo but hey, I tried, and had fun, learned a thing or two...

For example, did you know that according to lore, with its abundance of seeds, the fruit has long been a symbol of fertility, bounty, and eternal life, particularly to those of the Jewish faith? Many paintings of the Madonna Virgin and Child prominently display a pomegranate. Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in hope of rebirth.  

I didn't know that!

Dimension: 5x7 gallery wrap canvas
Media: Oils
Click here if you'd like to see more images of my Granada.


Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Great job on it. Love that you did the research about the folklore of it too.

It's no bad thing to celebrate a simple life! (Bilbo Baggns) said...

I wanted to say that I love pomegranates! They grow like crazy here! They are quite messy and stain evrything! There is an orchard that I go to each year to get the juice because it is so much work to juice them! I make pomegranate jelly every year for Christmas. (MBFCF loves the jelly and I make her extra portions each year.) :-D Right now there is a huge bag of pomegranates on my door step from a neighbor who begged me to take them! If you lived by, I would bring them to you! They are a bit sour, but are a beautiful color. I'd love to send you some jelly if you'd like. E-mail me if you would like some (as soon as I make it). You can check me out with Marta, to be sure I'm not a complete weirdo!

Maria Soto Robbins said...

Dear Pam,
Thank you so much for your kind offer! I don't know what to say...Of course I know you are Marta's bff from MBFCF and that says it all!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and again Thank YOU!!!