Here’s the latest of my paintings for the Wide Bay High Desert show.
It’s titled Pomegranate Flower and it’s 8″ x 8″, oil on panel.
The flower is picked from a pomegranate bush in our front yard. It’s been raining a lot this summer and as a result our yard has become very lush. The pomegrante bush is a prime example of rain’s benefits. This is a special plant to me. It was given to me several years ago by my graduate painting students. It was a thoughtful gift. They knew that I often used pomegranates as subject matter in my work. I’m happy that this bush is flourishing, because it has special meaning to me.
The pomegranate fruit has many symbolic meanings.
In particular the pomegranate plays a significant role in the myth of Persephone. Persephone was carried off to the underworld by Hades. Her mother Demeter was enraged and as revenge prevented Earth’s crops from growing. Zeus intervened and negotiated an arrangement between Demeter and Hades, but unfortunately Persephone had already eaten a seed from a pomegranate, fruit of the underworld. Because of .and during that time no crops would grow on Earth.
Thus the pomegrenate can be a symbol for the change of seasons.
In many religions the pomegranate is a much used symbol, as in this detail of the painting Madonna and the Pomegranate by Botticelli.
In general, the pomegrenate symbolizes fertility, abundance, sexuality, and everlasting life among other things. It’s rich red color and lucious interior make it a fitting subject for painting.
Giovanna Garzoni Pomegranate with Chestnuts