Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Melograni—The Pomegranate

Last fall we stayed in a Tuscan villa called I Melograni del Chianti, or The Pomegranate in Chianti. This is an "agriturismo" property, meaning that it's a working farm that's open to tourists. I Melograni has vineyards and an olive grove, and it makes its own wines and olive oils, both of which you can purchase from the gracious owner, Serena. There were exotic pomegranate trees all around the property, full of their luscious ripe red fruits. Many historians believe pomegranates were the "apples" in the Garden of Eden; like Eve, I was tempted to pluck one from a tree, but resisted. Above are a few of them that I painted—oils on a 10" x 10" canvas, and below is a photo Dan took of me early one sleepy morning, looking from the pomegranate trees toward our room:

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