Pomegranates, Acrylic on Canvas, 50 x 50cm

I started this painting at the beginning of this month, the third in my series Fruits and their Strange Reflections (see Pears and Funky Oranges in the 2010 gallery).

The very cold weather and snow stood in between me and my desire to finish the painting sooner; it was too cold in my studio and my fingers and feet couldn’t take it.

But, I persevered, and here it is, finished at last.

I wanted the acid green base colour to come through and evoke the ‘piquant’ of the pomegranate juice taste, and complement the red/pink colour of the berry. The violet blue holds it together. Yummy!

Why Pomegranates?

Apart from its amazing symbolism, this ancient very festive looking ‘berry’, (yes it is not a fruit) packed with antioxidants has always been part of my childhood , mostly in its syrup form.

Bottle of Monin GrenadineLe sirop de grenadine , traditionally made from pomegranate juice…and real grenadine is all about pomegranate!

The beautiful and vibrant dark red colour changes as it is diluted in water and takes on a pinky red shade , a delight to the eye…

As a French child, a glass of grenadine is a ‘delice ‘and when you go to the café ‘pour l’aperitif’ with your family you feel part of the crowd: Your drink is the same colour as a glass of red wine…except that you drink it with a straw and your glass is taller!

Also the French word for pomegranate is ‘pomme grenade’, an apple with many seeds (613 apparently)…and did you know that the word ‘grenade ‘ is also used for an explosive device , the explosion of which resemble the scattering of pomegranate seeds?

Nowadays, I find Grenadine a bit too sweet to drink and only use it in one of my favourite cocktails: Tequila Sunrise, a great drink to enjoy while listening to The Grateful Dead. Remember The Dead and this song in 1972 ‘Brown-eyed women’:

‘Brown-eyed women and red grenadine,
The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean,
Sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down…’

Pomegranates (John Singer Sargent, 1908, Watercolour & Pencil)

Pomegranates (John Singer Sargent, 1908, Watercolour & Pencil)

Pomegranates are indeed a great treasure !

I will leave you with this beautiful painting Pomegranates by the American artist John Singer Sargent, painted in 1908… Fresh, full of life and vibrant colours.

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful, healthy, creative and successful Happy New Year – Bonne Annee !

2011 , the greatest year of our lives – making sure all our golden dreams come true!



6 Responses to “Pomegranates”

  1. Melanie Gow says:

    a celebration of pomegranates, vodka cocktails, art and rock music – the finest things in life

    • Annick says:

      Wooo.thanks Mel..got the wrong link for The Dead …wanted to post a live performance of the song..never mind , will be more careful next time!
      no vodka cocktail my friend…tequila is grenadine’s partner….enjoy Xmas and New Year !

  2. Renee says:

    I was having a clear out of my favourites and opened up your website and was joyful in seeing your new website and going through the gallery of your wonderful paintings. Colour is just what we need at this time of the year.
    The pomegranate info was very informative and will pass on to my other half as he loves them.
    See you Jan 1st to celebrate the New Year full of determinations, inspirations and love.

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