Monday, December 11, 2006
CranApple - Still life of an Apple and Cranberries
5" x 5" Oil on Panel.
My personal favorite apple is a Granny Smith. Most people only think of them as good cooking apples (they are), but once you become hooked on eating their tart crispness, other apples are less tasty and many will seem mushy. A friend of ours taught us they are good in salads. My childhood salads certainly didn't have them, but they are probably more common now. If you don't use Granny Smith's in your salads, pies, and for plain snacking, you should give them a try.
I have only more recently become a fan of cranberries. Craisins are a great form for mixing with oatmeal. These whole cranberries are good for mixing with stuffing (stove top stuffing was a pretty good invention in the packaged food category). The mixture of Cran-Apple makes cranberry juice acceptable to drink (barely, IMHO). Cran-Raspberry is even enjoyable!
Today's daily painting is a nice green Granny Smith apple and some rich red cranberries. The cranberries had a wonderful rich color and bright reflection points. They were available in the house to paint for the reasons explained above.