We had a great time with the kids. Today was exhausting, although I didn’t do much to exhaust myself. It was William’s first easter egg hunt, which seemed a matter of course to him, as he is always hunting for something. He is just so curious about everything, continually looking everywhere for something he hasn’t seen before – and iPhones.

Photograph of William hunting for easter eggs

Right after dinner we took everyone straight to the airport. A sudden vacuum ensued. It might take me a day or two to compartmentalize again, but I’m sure I can do it.

Today’s experiment

The other day, when we went to that store that sell high end healthy food, I saw a fruit I had never seen before. The bin in which they were stored must have been re-enforced. They were as big as watermelons, but heavier. It was my introduction to Jack Fruit… no kidding!

Here is a photo of them.

Photograph of Jack Fruit at Whole Foods

The pineapple in the background should give you a good idea of the scale. The skin is rough, covered in small spiky things. I would have bought one, but they were sold by weight and the lightest one was 12.5 pounds! Someone told me they were really good tasting, though.

I started my drawing as a pointillist exercise, since I could not figure out a different way to convey the surface texture. I’m glad that I used a small format (5″x7″) paper. Even polka-dotting this small area was tiring, especially in my current state. I finally washed each figure with a color that I thought represented the overall hue of the fruit, and had to re-polka-dot the washed area, since the original dots merged with the wash. I ended up washing the background in a complimentary color to the predominant green of the figures.

Watercolor Sketch of Jack Fruit at Whole Foods

Jack Fruit
5″x6″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

It might be fun to buy one of these at some point. I can imagine a watercolor study of its surface texture alone. I also wonder what the insides look like.

If William were still here, I’d bet he’d like to see it too.

6 thoughts on “Exhausted

  1. Adorable photo of your grandson 🙂 I have never seen a jack fruit. I’ve encountered them in poems and stories (not British) but never looked for a picture of them. I was astonished. Thank you! Liz (p.s I am envious of your store)


    • Thank you, Liz. I never encountered a jack fruit in any way shape or form until I saw them in the store. I am always on the lookout for odd stuff. What stories mention jack fruit?
      btw, what was the name of that book on color you mentioned a while back? Do you remember?


      • Hi Jack – just realised that a ‘jack fruit’ is your fruit – is eponymous the right word for that? I have been racking my brain since your post to place the literary references to jack fruit and am struggling a bit – it might be a Derek Walcott poem? What is their country of origin? The colour book? hhm. Not sure. Might that have been Derek Jarman’s wonderful little book Colour? Have a fruitful day, Liz 🙂


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