Saturday, September 3, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days September Challenge, Day 3: Leaves on the World Tree: Armenian Pomegranate Study

I'm enjoying getting to make these (:

Each day is a little bit of a surprise, because I made the initial research and pairings well over a month ago (of major ethnic group and a tree that has significant/ prominent meaning).

For today's painting, the next alphabetical selection is the Armenian Pomegranate.

I remember the first time I tasted pomegranate-- I was 12 years old in Heidelberg, Germany and Dad introduced us to them.

He liked to try all sorts of things that weren't necessarily readily available at the commissary in the 80s, and made us more food appreciative/ adventurous because of it.  He had this bright purple/red leathery ball on the counter, and he peeled it like a troublesome orange, filling the kitchen with a flowery smell more than a fruit.  We didn't have youtube and 10 second hacks back then, so he REALLY had to work for it to get to them out!

It was kind of like eating juicy, red popcorn seeds that burst in your mouth, were sort of sweet and definitely messy, and left us covered in sticky red juice.  To be honest, at 12, half the fun was the mess.

While continuing to play with my rainbow backgrounds, chosen for their symbolism as a world sign of creation, divinity, good luck, hope, potential, harmony, connection, balance and spirituality, I wanted to try to emulate tie dye today.

As it has for each of the last 3 days, the background takes at least 3 layers to color correctly... and my least favorite part is still waiting for the paint to dry (;

Then it was time to add the pomegranates.  I decided to go with seven, and that will likely feature prominently in each of the next pieces, as one more similarity between them, as seven represents spiritual awakening and the collective consciousness, part of the underlying goal of the studies.

Here's a close up on the third leaf on my world tree:

"Leaves on the World Tree: Armenian Pomegranate" Study
by Janin Wise
3" x 3" acrylic on mini canvas


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