Persimmon watercolor sketch 3x5"
Persimmon another view watercolor sketch 3x5"
My neighbor has a persimmon tree that I can see from one of our windows. Over the past few weeks, the persimmons turned deep juicy orange and now the leaves are gorgeous yellows and oranges. She gave me four fruits last week and I really wanted to paint them. I even took pictures to capture their fresh ripe colors. But before I realized, three disappeared as after dinner treats :) The leaves on last remaining persimmon have dried and almost fallen off! So this morning I quickly sketched and painted the last remaining persimmon in my little sketch book with the Aquaflow waterbrush pen and transparent colors (top) and a mix of transparent and opaque colors (bottom).
I read that in Chinese culture when the persimmon appears as a symbol, it denotes an energy which would remove the obstacles and allow things to proceed smoothly. I definitely need that energy now! I have not been painting much these past few weeks as we are getting the inside walls of our house painted (almost done!) We had to move furniture and other belongings from all the rooms, shifting them from one to another and back again. Now I am trying to wade through the 'stuff' we have accumulated over the years as I decide which ones should be put back. The plan is to cull clutter and give away as much as possible -- which I am finding out is a lot easier said than done. And I just added two more paintings to my stack!