I haven’t been doing much of anything lately. Here are two somewhat messy paintings. But that’s OK. Life does get a little messy sometimes. Out of that will come the order.

Copper pots and some quinces. There is one lost pomegranate which doesn’t really look like one. It is. I only treated it badly. 

The rest of the quinces are waiting to be cleaned and sliced and slowly baked in a little water and sugar until beautiful dark red with a lovely thick syrup. Then put into sterilized can fruit bottles and savoured as accompaniments to meat or on their own with a dollop of crème fraîche. That(the cream version) will typically happen on days like I’m experiencing lately; feed my soul some goodness and lots of it…open up a jar of dark, red quinces in a comforting red sweet juice, bring out the crème fraîche, a spoon, get in front of the tv with the cats, lots of throws and a few very soppy, teary dvd’s….”Message in a bottle”…or the likes; I will definitely want to cry. Then I’ll just succumb and dig in.



WC on Fabriano HP and some pen lines on the bowl with fruit. (30,5 x 23cm)

25 thoughts on “Copper and quince to feed the soul

  1. AWESOME!!! That copper shines and shines — and your quince are heavenly!!! They’re quite sour aren’t they? I’d love a taste of your recipe (and a dip into your wc methods too!) —!

  2. Oooh, I LOVE messy! These are really fantastic, as are your recent pieces! I’ve never had quince before, but you make it sound so good…. 😉

  3. While you are feeding your soul with luscious comfort food, I am feeding mine with your luscious paintings. It’s good to get messy; it makes pictures more interesting.

  4. Do you think it’s an autumn thing – a desire to feed ourselves, and store up the harvest ready for the long dark winter? I have it too – not the preserving, but the desire to cook more, to stock up, to be warm and comforted …

    I like the green of the quinces and the way you’ve suggested their speckledness, and i think the red shadows work very well – brings the colours alive.

    Thanks for your comments about my new blog – still finding my way around wordpress, but liking it.

  5. Thank you for stopping by!

    Lin..quince is quite sour. I remember eating it sliced raw with salt when I was a child.

    France…yes, coing in french…I love the word, it rolls so nice in the mouth!

    Sarah…yip, I suppose it is and autumn/winter thing. Like you say, more for comforting warmth than physical.


  6. If only I could be so messy! Like everyone else I think your copper pots are stunning. Your little creative rest has done you good. I’ve never tried raw quince with salt. Love quince jelly though and am hoping to preserve some myself in the next couple of weeks. What a lovely cosy post. Your word pictures are always delightful.

  7. These are such beautiful paintings, Ronell! I have to admit that I’ve never seen or eaten a quince (I’m so provincial). I had to look it up on the internet. In the photo I found, the quince looked a lot like a pear, as they do in your painting. Is that correct? I asked my daughter, the food editor, if she had ever tasted one and she laughed and told me she was in the process of writing an article about quince for her magazine and had spent the past week tasting every quince dish she could find in Portland. The article will include recipes, so I’ll have to give them a try, IF I can find a quince, that is. I don’t think they are commonly available here. Maybe at a farmers market. Anyway, thanks again for posting your beautiful work – I always love visiting your blog!

  8. I’ve never seen a quince before either, in all my years shopping I’ve never come across one. I must see if we have them here.
    But those copper colours! They really bring the metal to life.

  9. I have never seen or eaten a quince either. BUT, I do have a quince tree my husband started from seed. Now, I have found out you need 2 quince trees for them to cross pollinate. So we are ordering another one.

    I love messy too. I like the looseness. You work is beautiful.

  10. I’ve never seen or eaten quince either but you certainly make them sound delectable, Ronell. I LOVE your work and those copper pots are amazing!!

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