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Art of the Day: Saturday May 22, 2004

Granny Smith Apples

- by Laura K Misztela

This week's theme: Apples

Apples - a simple fruit found in lunch boxes. Well, not exactly. They are a prize for the Gods, keep the doctor away, and are often used to "bribe" the teacher on test day. Traditional symbols of the harvest, we use them to decorate our homes at holidays and through out the year. We find them in our legends, our religions and our favorite stories. Not only were apples used in various spells and seductions, they were a major player in the downfall of mankind. Quite a resume for a "simple fruit."

Oh... they taste good, too.

-Melissa Morton


Art: Granny Smith Apples by Artist Laura K Misztela
This piece was created to have a painterly but realistic look. I love the way that apples have a glow to them in sunlight. I used a blue-grey mi-teintes paper for this to make the light of the apples stand out and to give the shadow areas a much needed depth. As for the subject.... My 2 and a half year old son, Cameron, has an apple obsession as of late. It's one of his newest words, pronounced "a-po". He'll take one, inhale it's sweet smell, sigh ("ahhh!"), say "a-po" with a delighted grin, and take a bite. Then he'll put the apple down, find another new apple and do the same thing. Just one of the many reasons to watch your toddler carefully-he or she may devour an entire still-life before your eyes!

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