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
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