I was just wondering. What is the significance of a peanut and why is it of importance to the Advanced Placement Studio artist?
Did you know? The peanut is a species in the legume family native to South America, Mexico and Central America. It is an annual herbaceous plant growing to 1 to 1½ ft tall. The leaves are opposite, pinnate with four leaflets. After pollination, the fruit develops into a legume 1 to 2 in long containing 1 to 4 seeds, which forces its way underground to mature. A nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense the fruit of the peanut plant is a woody legume and not a nut.
One of Georgia's largest cash crops is peanuts. Georgia peanut farmers provide almost half of the U.S. peanut crop each year — worth $390 million in 2001. Peanuts are the official state crop of Georgia. The peanut industry accounts for more than 50,000 jobs in Georgia.
About 75 percent of Georgia's peanuts are used to make peanut butter. Americans eat about 2 million pounds of peanut butter and 1.6 million pounds of roasted peanuts every day.
Peanut butter is convenient, affordable (about 12 cents per serving) and nutritious. Peanuts and peanut butter are high in protein and fiber and contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals. And they're naturally cholesterol- free and low in saturated fat.
More than 60,000 people belong to the Adult Peanut Butter Lovers' Fan Club. The Atlanta-based group includes peanut butter lovers from all 50 states and many other countries — including Ireland, England, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Israel — and such honorary members as five-time gold medalist Bonnie Blair, actor Bill Cosby and President Bill Clinton.
About 10,000 people travel to Sylvester, Ga., each year for the Georgia Peanut Festival, with its parade, entertainment, arts, crafts and food. All “Peter Pan” peanut butter is made in Sylvester, Georgia.
“Yes, I see this fabulous photo of peanuts…so carefully arranged on a white surface and photographed from an extreme point of view which completely enhances one’s sense of perspective. You might be asking yourself, ‘Why is the teacher showing us this slide?’ I believe your question is valid. Please pay me 5 cents.”
Raw Peanuts in Shell This composition has too many peanuts for your project. The focal point is that twig in the middle.
Roasted Peanuts in Shell This composition has interesting negative space. Perhaps crop in a bit and determine a focal point.
Peanuts with Negative Space Pathways Great forms, a little too spread out. Overlapping and proximity create unity. Avoid putting a single peanut in the middle.
Tightly Cropped Peanuts with Dramatic Lighting Size variation increases interest. Good point of view. Keep foreground in focus. Focal point is the very dark space. It needs to move to take advantage of rule-of-thirds.
Peanuts Lined Up in Rows Great unity and movement. The peanut that is tipped downward serves as the focal point.
Great mound of peanuts. A little cropping and this would work!
See the veining that divides each peanut from tip to tip. Then, notice the short angles and curved lines within. Ooooh. Aaaaahhh.
Feel free to break open some peanuts for contrast.