Monday, 19 May 2014

Figs - the summer Greek temptation, but what after?

The fig tree has been cultivated since ancient times and it is a common encounter in the Mediterranean area, and Greece make no exception. Due to the sweetness of the fruits, birds love them and spread the seeds all over the place, and it can easily grow-up with no care even in urban areas (not much desired, due to the aggressive roots).
One of my friends (client too) living in US had a vacation in Greece a couple of years ago, and when she saw a tree full of figs while taking a walk outdoor she couldn't resist the temptation to pick a few of them. She didn't take into account that figs have a strong laxative effect, and you can imagine what followed after enjoying the delicious fruits!!! Thus, take care when you see the fresh figs in front of you, as you must seriously consider the consequences!
I have done two small ACEO paintings of figs, and I think I will go for a larger painting too very soon. These are both about 2.5x3.5 inches in size, and are done with W&N and Daniel Smith watercolor on Arches White 140 lb CP paper.

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