Physalis peruviana, commonly known as the Cape gooseberry is irresistible to paint. My parents grow these golden delicious delights on their certified organic farm at Bellellen, near the foothills of the Grampians National Park. It is a South American plant native to Peru, Ecuador and Columbia and part of the nightshade family. After the flower falls off, the Calyx expands, ultimately forming a beige papery husk that encloses the bright yellow little fruit. The papery husk is almost translucent and sometimes shiny, exposing the intricate network of tiny veins and fibres that make up the husk. For a botanic artist that thrives on detail, I found this to be a fabulous subject. Just the appearance of the pretty shiny fruit, sneaking a glimpse at the world from within its little paper home is a sight to behold.
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