Thursday, March 1, 2012
Olive pickers, Abruzzo, Italy
Olive pickers, San Vincenzo Vecchio, Abruzzo,
oil on canvas
8" x 8" - 20 x 20cm
painted on location - Fri 18 Nov 2011
One of four paintings made on my recent sojourn to visit family, paint in this lush natural environment and help out with the olive harvest. Here you have featured three workers, two on the tree, and the third on the ground with only his legs visible. A traditional method of raking(yellow objects held in hand) the olives off the branches is employed, this results in no damage to the olive, thus a better quality olive oil! The olives fall onto the emarld green net which is spread generously under the tree. They are then gathered, by hand, and placed into heavy linen sacks, which are then taken for further sortation. The rest of the trees in the valley are in full autumn colors, thus the hints of warm hues in the background.