Artists use ele­ments of design (line, shape, form, value, color, tex­ture and space) to make a con­nec­tion between a com­po­si­tion and a viewer.

The depic­tion of food in art cuts across all cul­tures and all recorded his­tory. Ancient Greek and Roman ban­quet tables laid out feasts of food as inspi­ra­tion and stim­u­la­tion.

We’re famil­iar with still life draw­ings, sketches and paint­ings that high­light fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles as the main sub­ject mat­ter.

This recent long stretch of stay-​at-​home/​cook at home pan­demic behav­ior gives more per­mis­sion to play with our food. Is any­one else out there look­ing at sum­mer pro­duce from an artist’s per­spec­tive?

Chefs and home cooks have always appre­ci­ated the sea­sonal value of what we eat when. Can­ning, pick­ling and pre­serv­ing are other food cen­tric activ­i­ties that cap­ture the best of summer’s showy spread.

Food (agri­cul­ture food prod­ucts in par­tic­u­lar) in all it’s forms is a dom­i­nant artis­tic theme. From plant­ing to har­vest and prepa­ra­tion to eat­ing, food imagery is cen­tral to social engage­ment.

COVID fatigue may be blur­ring the lines of California’s rich agri­cul­tural bounty. Farmer’s are given the tall task of feed­ing our great nation. That is not a new phe­nom­ena. The ever fluid impacts of the pan­demic now weigh heavy on grow­ers to adapt, per­form and deliver.

We do not take their endeavor lightly.

Use a few min­utes today to rec­og­nize the exquis­ite mas­ter­pieces cre­ated by hard-​working farm­ers.

Pluck a piece of fruit from the kitchen bowl. Grab a cucum­ber, radish or tomato before the salad is made.

Give it rev­er­ence. Wit­ness the mir­a­cle and artistry inher­ent in the shape, color and tex­ture. Imag­ine the respon­si­bil­ity and care for pro­duc­ing beyond the needs of a sin­gu­lar house­hold.

Make an effort to go deeper than grab and eat. It’s dif­fi­cult to hold a plum or pluot and not notice the splen­dor of sen­sual curves, jew­eled tones and silky, smooth skin.

Cut it open. Juicy nec­tar gushes. The almond-​shaped pit at the cen­ter is creviced and punc­tured with dim­ples. The flesh moves from a pale blush of yel­low at the pit to a deep, vel­vety reddish-​purple toward the skin.

Plu­ots are uniquely col­ored (inside and out) by vari­ety. They have a sweet, intense fla­vor and a light fra­grance. Art in its purest form. All of the senses are alert to this tree fruit beauty.

Mother Nature often imposes her strong will in the fields, orchards and vine­yards. Extreme heat, wind, rains, frost and some­times hail chal­lenge the most com­mit­ted grow­ers. Obsta­cles are every­where along the grow­ing land­scape. Espe­cially now.

We are likely to see a more resilient farm­ing and food sys­tem on the other side of Covid-​19. Until then, appre­ci­ate the artistry of what they con­tinue to produce.

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