Monday, April 18, 2016

Breakfast Blooms: Oatmeal with Sliced Apples and Rununculus

Art and Oatmeal. Oatmeal with sliced MacIntosh apples. And cinnamon. And organic dried cranberries. And a few organic raisins. Did I mention brown sugar? Love the Rununculus. They remind me of roses without thorns.

I believe these are Persian Buttercups, Rununculus asiaticus, of which there are many cultivars. I'm not going for stark realism here, just sketching and coloring during breakfast.

These are not to be confused with the buttercups that grow in your yard. Remember the floral folk lore? As kids, we put a buttercup up to each other's chins to see if we liked butter. If the bloom reflected yellow on our skin, that meant that we liked butter. This game hearkens back to the idea that the color of milk depended on what the cow ate. Of course, back then, we didn't know that buttercups are poisonous to cows. 

A field of golden yellow buttercups invokes cheerfulness. The gold can also mean wealth or riches. And because of the connection with playing, a buttercup can represent childishness.

The name "rununculus" comes from late Latin meaning "little frog". Maybe because many species of buttercups are found near water just like frogs?

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