Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Close Up

This close up of an avocado creates an interesting semi abstract painting...

Archaeologists have found avocado seeds buried with Incan mummies dating back to 750 B.C.E.  It has been a staple amongst the indigenous people of Central and South America for thousands of years... the area of the world where it originated. It was the early 1800's before the avocado was planted in Florida and almost a hundred years later before it became a cash crop of any significance.

The Spanish conquistadors discovered a unique use for the avocado seed.  The seed yields a milky liquid that becomes red when exposed to air.  The spaniards found they could use this reddish brown or even blackish liquid as an indelible ink for documents.  Some of these documents are still in existence today.

8x10, oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

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