Green Papaya

A continuation of fruit and vegetables series completed with a quick proportion pencil sketch and then watercolor with no ink. The papaya, papaw or pawpaw  is the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya, and is one of the 22 accepted species in the family. It is native to the tropics of the Americas from southern Mexico and neighboring Central America.  It was first cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classical civilizations. The papaya is a large, tree-like plant, with a single stem growing from 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk. The lower trunk is conspicuously scarred where leaves and fruit were borne. The leaves are large, 50–70 cm (20–28 in) in diameter with seven lobes.  The fruit appear on the axils of the leaves, maturing into large fruit – 15–45 cm (5.9–17.7 in) long and 10–30 cm (3.9–11.8 in) in diameter. The fruit is a type of berry. It is ripe when it feels soft (as soft as a ripe avocado or a bit softer) and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue. Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2016-03-14 Green Papaya

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