Friday, December 01, 2006

Cactus Pear - Still Life

5x7 Oil on Stretched Canvas

I used a background of dark greenish brown paper. It was a bit of a challenge but think it turned out pretty close.

I was in the grocery store and was in a vegetable and fruit mood. I spied an interesting new subject. I asked the produce man what this was. He had no idea. So, When I got to the register it did not take the checker but a minute to figure it out. I actually purchased 3 of these. They were $1.49. The have red juice inside and almost sweet smelling. I have to figure out how to consume these. I usually eat the still life but this one is tricky. I was told the needles were cut off but for some reason every time I pick them up I get little tiny ones in my fingers and hands. So, hopefully I will be able to prepare this and not let $4.47 go to waste.

I found some information on the Cactus Pear also known as Prickly Pear.

prickly pear = Indian fig = Indian pear = barbary fig = tuna = cactus pear Notes: The pulp of these cactus fruits is a brilliant red or, occasionally, a yellowish green, and it tastes a bit like watered-down watermelon. Cooks exploit the color by adding slices of the pulp to fruit salads, or by puréeing it and straining out the seeds. They're quite popular in Hispanic countries and around the Mediterranean. Substitutes: pepino melon OR watermelon (much larger)


pleinair said...

how does one get the 'subscribe' service on one's blog.
Keep up the daily painting, looks good.

Mary said...

Paula, I love this painting, can't believe you found one easier than I did. The season is over. Slice to top, then put your fingers on the pulp and not the skin to hold it, and slice the the rest of the skin downward in sections. Just eat it like any fruit and don't worry about the seeds, they are edible.

Pilan said...

Thank you both. I am trying out different things like backgrounds and the way I paint my still lifes. I figured if I am going to paint still lifes, I wanted to explore different ways of painting. Then again, it all depends on the mood and what strikes the artist, doesn't it!