Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aladdin's Lamp

Garlic is so yummy... and flavourful.  But it was frowned upon by foodie snobs in America until the first quarter of the twentieth century.  By 1940 America had embraced garlic, finally recognizing its seasoning value, but before that is was used only in ethnic cooking.

When I positioned these two garlic cloves for my painting I noted how the larger clove resembled an exotic persian lamp or shoe... Aladdin's Lamp.  This description comes closer to its heritage of dating back 6,000 years to Central Asia, than to one of its slang names in the early 20 century in America, Bronx Vanilla. 

 8x10 oil on canvas, (not quite dry) 

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