This month's subject was chosen by Sharman Owings. She specified that we paint anything that begins with “pi” – pilot, pig etc. Yep... another brain teaser!
I made a whole list of ideas. A few jumped off the page as particularly promising for possibilites: pizza, pigeon, pineapple, pilgrim, pipe, pistol. My teenage son especially encouraged the pistol idea.
Seeing fresh pineapples in the grocery store cinched the idea for me, though. I'd previously wanted to use one in a still life and had just never quite gotten around to it. This seemed like the perfect time to buy one.
I decided a contrast was in order for the tropical fruit that had made the trip to our frozen region. It seemed pretty amazing, really, that the fruit could be cultivated, grown, harvested, packed and shipped across the ocean for retail sale in a north Idaho grocery department for four bucks.
"Pineapple on the Snow"
Original unframed oil on hardboard 8"x10"
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin
(left) "Apples for Pie"
Pastel on Pastelboard 11"x14"
©2011 Vicki Ross
"Piggy" Oil on linen 10"x10" ©2011Suzanne Berry
"Pink Piglet" Oil on canvas 6"x6" ©2011 Ruth Andre
"Old Pickup Truck" Oil on canvas panel 6"x8" ©2011 Robin Cheers
"Pilsner" Oil on masonite 6"x 6" ©2011 Sharman Owings