This is the first stage of a big composition I’m doing, called Materia Medica.
I painted it on my laptop computer at the kitchen table while my husband was cooking supper (Spaghetti alle vongole). I had to paint fast as he was going to need quite a bit of parsley to finish off the dish.
It strains the lower arm muscles to paint using the trackpad like this. You have to click and hold down the cursor with your thumb, and then use the index finger to move the cursor as a paintbrush. Not easy. I’m going to have to wait a bit to do more work on this composition, because my arm is still sore. Eventually I’ll get a painting tablet. But I really love this parsley so it’s worth it.
Parsley’s volatile oils, particularly Myristicin, have been shown to inhibit tumour formation, especially in the lungs. It is rich in Vitamins K, C,and A, full of iron and anti-oxidants. One of the magical plants that is so common, you could mistake it for ordinary.