Kiwi Fruit

A continuation of fruit and vegetables series completed with a quick proportion pencil sketch and then watercolor with no ink. The kiwifruit, native to northern China, was first brought to and cultivated in New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century and was then known as the Chinese Gooseberry. When the time came to export the fruit, to avoid the high duties charged on berries, the name was changed to the kiwifruit, or kiwi because of the fruit’s shared characteristics with New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird, which is also small, brown and fuzzy. Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-02 Kiwi Fruit

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