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Still Life with Two Papayas

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

Artist's Description

A new addition to the Tropical and Food Collections, this painting is a tribute to the juiciness of the fruit…unlike my previous renditions of the Papaya, this is painted with much fewer details and has a relaxed feel to it, which is more in tune with the tropicsit is also part of the Sepia and Gold colour collection

See the entire Tropical Collection..HERE
Watercolour with Pen and Ink on DrawMaster Paper

They grew like giants in our backyard
in Cuba, thin, ravenously thirsty plants
that bore fruit every spring, first as small
as pears, then the fruit swelled to the size
of footballs, their communal weight
a clumped burden on the whole plant —
only my father knew for sure when to cut
them down, bring them inside the house,
in the kitchen he sliced them, these toothy
smiles, teeth like black goblets, a volcano’s
ashy tear on leaves, sweet, delicious, these
fruta bombas, as my father called them.
For years while we lived in Los Angeles,
he couldn’t grow them in such a dry climate,
but when he moved to Hialeah, Florida,
he harvested them once again, brought
them upstairs under his arms, a smile
”..excerpt..V. Suarez …

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