Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kitchen Archaeology


Apples in pastel



Ever since that long, long ago day when early man picked up something with which to mark on his walls we artists have felt the need to record the mundane, the common, the everyday occurrences that make our lives what they are.

Due to this fact, we know that early man liked the taste of wooly mammoth and that he may have been justifiably afraid of that saber toothed neighbor.  We know that his kitchen was a bit like, well, a cave.  We know that he enjoyed bar-be-que over an open flame.  Yes, we learn a lot about Mr. Caveman and woman from his art.

Several thousand years in the future the fruity still life is a perennial favorite subject, and in my house there is always seasonal inspiration right in the center of my kitchen table, or adorning my counter.  The bowls and the fruit constantly change right along with the weather.

Come summer and you are likely to encounter a big bowl of grapes and sometimes cherries, ripe for the picking…and eating.  My autumn is always abundant with apples and pears.  In winter there is nothing like a bright red bowl of cranberries to brighten the season.  After the snow has melted, I wait expectantly for spring and the ripe, sweet strawberries. 

Ok, I know that due to modern technology and shipping methods, fruit that used to only be available at certain times are now always at hand…but the taste and color are often not the best.

Boring?  Yes.  These tablescapes ever present in my humble kitchen are oh so boring and ordinary; even so they are a literal feast for the palate (pun intended) and the eyes!

One day in the very distant future some uber-modern human will smile at the knowledge that always sitting on the cave kitchen counter of Crystal Clear there was a bowl of fruit.

It’s Creative Tuesday so let’s all go and see how the theme of Kitchen its interpreted this week at CREATIVE TUESDAY!   Thanks Mr. Toast!

21 comments:

Betsy said...

Wow...this is lovely! I'd enjoy having that bowl of apples sitting on my kitchen counter! Are they jonathans? :)

Wanda said...

This is a great piece...the apples and the narrative.

Right now my bowl is full of peaches.

craftattack said...

I think it's the every day things which mean the most to us, which is why its good to record them! Love your painting! Valerie

Mmm said...

Yes, totally lovely and not boring at all. Its sweet and inviting. TY for doing this crystal. Always good to have fruit laying out in one's kitchen. mine tends to go rotten before I ever get to it though. LOL.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

A lovely painting!

Jehanne's doodles said...

Unfortunately my trees did not bear any fruit this year even though we had blossom :( however the one across the meadow did ...
This is a lovely painting :)

Joni Nickrent said...

Gorgeous...you have an amazing style and technique! POP ART MINIS

Dina Thanki said...

I thought this was a photograph at first and had to scroll up and down.
Amazing work.

maddyrose said...

Such a beautiful bowl of apples, and done in pastels at that. Color me impressed. Right now I have no bowl of fruit on my counter top, just a wire basket filled with tomatoes from the garden. I need to find a produce stand and stock up.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Looks good enough to eat! I am so so excited that apples are in season again. You are making me think of homemade applesauce, yum!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful bowl of apples!

Franz said...

Beautiful story and beautiful bowl of apples!
Have a great week!!

Christine said...

your apple still life is just beautiful,it looks so real.

Missy said...

Wow, this is so awesome. It looks real, great job! Super coolio!

Magic Love Crow said...

Your apples in pastel is excellent! And, I got very hungry reading your post! LOL!

Heather said...

Your apples are so good! That red one is almost good enough for a small bite! :)
I agree, I always have a glass bowl with green apples in my kitchen!, you know what they say...an apple a day....love this!

Janice said...

Wonderful! I love the subtle pattern on the bowl and the shine on the fruit. Yes!

linda said...

Beautiful painting. What a lovely thought that there is also a bowl of fruit available.

Judy Adamson said...

Lovely painting, Crystal. And you are right, fruit and veg really do taste better in season. In some ways I almost wish we didn't have everything available all the year round - I miss that 'looking forward to...' aspect!

One thing that we can only get here in season is Victoria Plums, my favourite. But they are only available for such a short time, that it's too easy to miss them. This year I was lucky but other years when I've asked about them, I've been too late :(

dthaase said...

beautiful work

Daniella said...

Beautiful piece! You are so talented!!
And that post was so fun and informative!! Not boring!!! I loved it!!
xxDaniella

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