This still life, watercolour painting shows an unusual view of apples in a tall glass bowl - looking down from above. The swirling patterns created in the glass are a mixture of reflections and distorted images of the fruit on the table top, glimpsed through the glass. The rich glowing, rosy colors in the apples hint at their amazing nutritive powers. They look like they are just bursting with juicy goodness. These organic apples are fresh from my brother's garden - a local English variety (Worcesters) showing a natural range of shapes, colors and complete with surface blemishes - so much more interesting than the bland and uniform supermarket versions.
The apple is a subject that intrigues me, because of the folklore and mystical associations that exist throughout literature and early history. Apples are associated with long life and health ("an apple a day..."), yet also with death and the afterlife (the Isle of Apples, Avalon, the poison in the seeds having the power to take life). Such a contradiction - good and bad all rolled up in one mysterious and tempting, little package.
The style of painting is realistic and quite detailed. The geometric arrangement of the shapes and unconventional viewpoint give a contemporary feel to this traditional subject. This is painted in professional quality lightfast watercolors on 100% rag, top quality paper. The painting is presented with a double mount, featuring a deep golden yellow liner mat, which emphasizes the rich golden glow of the fruit. The outer mat is a neutral off white.
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