Group 18: Old Experiments Not Yet Cataloged for Sale

Below is the eighteenth  group of watercolors that I painted for earlier posts in this blog. The paintings below depict the life cycle of a dragonfruit, a subset of my ‘fruit period’. Originally posted on March 20, 2014 (Single Dragonfruit): Originally posted on March 23, 2014 (Dragonfruit Unchained): Originally posted on March 25, 2014 (Dragonfruitus Resumptus): Originally posted […]

Old Dragonfruits Never Die

It was too rainy to go fishing, so I did a lot of reading, mainly about lines and how to draw them. Well… I take that back. I’m reading Paul Klee’s notebooks, on which it is difficult to gain a foothold.  Don’t get me wrong, I am fascinated by his approach that gets to the nitty-gritty […]

Aging Dragonfruit

I haven’t picked up any new fruit at the fruit stand recently, but that’s ok. My powers of observation are trained on the fruit I currently have, in all its (former) glory. Have you ever wondered about the stages a grape goes through to become a raisin? What does it look like in its intermediate […]

Dragonfruitus Interruptus

It’s easy to plan when you have a lot of time, but the unexpected can foil them even when you have time in abundance. I actually had a lot of things to do today and was on schedule to complete the final item of the day: my painting and my blog post when, wham… we […]

Dragonfruit Unchained

Today I took the next logical step with my dragonfruit. I split it open. To tell you the truth, I knew what to expect. Before I ever saw a dragonfruit in person, I searched for a picture of it on the Internet. I was only expecting to see an outside view, but there it was, split […]


Yesterday I mentioned that the leaves of the dragonfruit seemed to be arranged with spiral symmetry. If one looks at the leaves in groups of three, they seem to be arrayed as shingles on a roof or scales on a fish. In fact another name for dragonfruit is ‘dragon scales’. Today’s experiment I thought that […]

Single Dragonfruit

There were still a few dragonfruits (DF)  left when I went back to the fruit store. I chose the smallest, good looking one, as they are super expensive (and sold by the pound). When I searched for ‘dragonfruit’, Wikipedia yielded the page for Pitaya.  ” ‘Pitaya’ usually refers to fruit of the genus Stenocereus, while ‘Pitahaya’ or ‘Dragonfruit’ always refers […]