It seems as though everyone is painting persimmons lately. I picked a dozen or so at our Laguna Seca Community Garden last week and set them up on the table to paint. Since attending the Betsy Dillard Stroud demo last month, I've been carving away on a linoleum block, planning to incorpaorate some stamping into a painting or two. My design is based upon a Celtic pattern, and I started out low -key with a subtle tone-on-tone print in the background. I used thick watercolor paint-acrylic might have made a stronger print. I learned a great deal about how to approach the printing process next time-what to cover and when to apply the print, etc. The piece is quite small-9" X 5". We ate the persimmons after lunch the other day and they were good-crunchy and not too sweet. Except for their current popularity among artists, they are a much underappreciated fruit.