Monday, January 02, 2006

Illustration Friday - FLAVOUR


Most people seem to have a yearning for some of the foods and flavours of their childhood. I know that at times my Irish mother HAD to eat boiled bacon, cabbage and potatoes. As much of my childhood was spent in Fiji, I ate Indian and Fijian food regularly and that’s what I so often yearn to taste. I can fulfill my urges for Indian food relatively easily as there are so many shops that supply the raw materials and I’ve taught myself how to cook pretty authentic tasting Indian food. However the ethnic shops near me have yet to discover the delights of dalo, dalo leaves and duruka so I’ll just have to dream of the last time I tasted dalo, palusami and duruka in lolo.

As I don’t want to dwell any more on the foods I’ll probably never taste again, this picture is a celebration of what I can eat here in England – my breakfast – a perfect navel orange and a juicy pomegranate.

22 Comments:

Anonymous the painted pear said...

Okay, as I am stuttering through your dreams of dalo, palusami and duruka, all of which I have never heard of before, yet sound fascinating, I must say your drawing is exquisite. Your perspective or the keeping of it, is right on and love the line work. I love to try new foods, but there is nothing sweeter than a perfectly ripe naval orange!

1/05/2006 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so unique and mouth watering! Yummy colors and yummy subject. Beautiful.

erika
http://www.five3.com

1/05/2006 1:00 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

The vibrant colors are awesome...and I can almost taste the oranges. Very nice!

1/05/2006 1:09 AM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

yummy yummy looseness and energy in your food!

;)

1/05/2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

Delicious story and illo
=)

1/05/2006 1:34 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

I have a recipie for kokoda if you want it. The ingredients are quite easy to find in HK so must be in the UK. Talking of food, after 18 years here I still desperately miss Sainsburys.

Rachel

1/05/2006 1:58 AM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Very yummy illo! Two of my favorite flavors... I just discovered a red pomegranate tea that is excellent.
The blue on the plate is a nice choice of color. Also the pomegranate and seeds are lovely.

1/05/2006 2:30 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Lovely drawing!

1/05/2006 5:07 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

MMMMM tasty illo!

1/05/2006 5:15 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

that is a perfect brekkie! so lovely julie! very well done!!!

1/05/2006 5:23 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I really like the colors and ALL THAT white! Interesting how often we think of foods that were 'special.'

1/05/2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely illo!

1/05/2006 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has real vibrancy!

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

1/05/2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Cin said...

so wonderful Julie, the delicious colors, spare line, so beautifully done!

1/05/2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger carla said...

Such beautiful fruit...lovely plate...marvelous technique! The colors are so bright, and the fruit looks so juicy.

1/05/2006 10:39 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

beautiful & fresh!

1/05/2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger kay susan said...

Very appetising interpretation. One of my favourite meals when I was a child was boiled bacon, new potatos and runner beans, with lashings of butter on it! Really, really nice picture.

1/05/2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

LOVELY and DELICIOUS-LOOKING food!!! YUM YUM!!!

1/05/2006 10:50 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

painted pear just to elaborate palusami is parcels of dalo leaves (which dark green thin leaves slightly similar to spinach) filled with coconut cream, onions lemon seasoning and sometimes corned beef. Duruka is sometimes called the Fijian asparagus and lolo is coconut milk. Kokoda is a marinated raw fish dish.

erika, trisha, mustashrik, alison, ellen,cin, carla, kismet, lin, ratlion, valgalart, alina, kismet thanks for your kind comments - nothing like tasty food to get the illustration juices flowing

carla, painterwoman, detlef and cin, I used coloured charcoal over the original line drawing - great intense colour but the pigment smudges so easily and falls off the page, so it's essential to get a good scan of it before it changes
alexa that tea sounds good
rachel - sadly I don't think I could trust any of the fish suppliers round here to provide fresh enough fish

1/06/2006 10:04 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

beautiful colors Julie!

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