The World Watercolor Group prompt for today is “Fresh” and my first thought was of freshly squeezed orange juice, but I painted oranges yesterday so I went in the opposite direction and thought of the worst thing that I have ever tasted fresh: an olive.

My family and I were in Italy and were on the Amalfi Coast, walking down from Atrani to Amalfi when we passed some olive trees in the verge between switchbacks on the trail.  There were some nice ripe purple-black olives hanging there.  My husband wondered aloud what a fresh olive would taste like.  He reached up an plucked one and then gallantly handed it to me.  Without thinking much, I popped it into my mouth.  Oh! Bitter! Bitter! This walk was less than a mile long, so we weren’t carrying water and I had to go the rest of the way with the nasty taste in my mouth.  Who ever thought of eating olives in the first place if they taste like this fresh?  I do like olives, especially the ones we bought in the Italian markets, all brined and spiced, oily and tasty, both black and green. But from now on, I will not eat fresh olives!


Fresh Olives, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

Is there anything that you don’t like when it is fresh?