It's citrus season, a time when I'm extra-thankful for living in central Texas. Just yesterday I was given what I think is my first orange with its leaves still attached:
Holding, peeling, and eating a succulent orange is its own special set of pleasures. Following are some other artists' interpretations of orange - both the fruit and the color.
Vincent Van Gogh. Child with Orange, 1890.
Luis Feito. Untitled (Orange, red and purple).
You know that moment when you first dig your thumbnail into an orange and begin to peel back the skin? When the scent of citrus oil fills your nose and the juice starts running? I think Feito has captured that here.
Johannes Itten. Composition in Orange and Blue-Green, 1957.
Itten's composition above interests me both as a painter and as a quilter.
In a 2010 radio essay you can read here, Paul Marion describes the joy of seeing oranges in the winter:
"Bright as light bulbs on the kitchen table, the oranges promise sunshine as late December daylight shrinks in the shortest days of the year."
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UPDATE: For Real has been reviewed by Jenny Block for The Huffington Post! Read the full review here: "A Hyperrealism That Questions Reality With James Zamora and Sarah Atlee at RO2 Art"