Alligator Pear, 6 x 6" oil on gessobord,©2015, Fay Terry
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It is always fun for me to paint something I have never painted before, such as the inside view of an avocado. I plan to do more of these incorporated into my still life set-ups in my studio. As you may know, they age quickly when exposed to the air. By the time I completed this, both halves had turned a little brown on the surface which I easily shaved off to make guacamole.
When I was growing up, my dad did much of the food prep and cooking along with my mom. Back then, avocados were not prevalent in the grocery stores so he was happy when he could find a few. He loved introducing us to new foods, especially using recipes he had made while working in Liberia in the 1940's. The people there called them Alligator Pears, possibly comparing the skin to that of an alligator.