Peras al olmo/(Trying to get blood out of a stone)
Oil on canvas
This is one of my first oil paintings and came from my frustration when realising someone is ill- intended. I tend to feel surprised no matter how many times I have been through this. A Spanish saying came to me back then . It is the equivalent of “trying to get blood out of a stone” and translates as “Don’t ask an elm for pears”. I figured I could bring a pear to a park where there was an elm to hang it and take some pictures; it was winter.
Apparently, the Greeks started using elms to hold vines, and became a common practice with the Romans. This expression in particular comes from a Latin poet. So, if you found fruit on an elm, it could only be grapes.
I feel contentment while looking at this small painting. It has been hanging in my home for some years and recently decided to make it available for purchase.
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