I started this zucchini bloom painting in the beginning of 2017 before I took a trip to India. The people we visited in India were interested in seeing the paintings that I had created. I showed them many photos and they enjoyed the large colorful blooms but when I showed them the start of this painting one person in particular was very confused, she exclaimed “we eat those!” I believe she was perplexed at why I would paint this “food or delicacy” when I claimed to paint flowers. I also learned that in India flowers are not bought and given to show or display of love or caring towards others; but instead bought and strung up to put above the door of a new home or vehicle to serve as a blessing.
After I came back from India, I finished the painting but the memories of my travel stayed with me when it was time to title this painting. I chose “Enigmatic Delicacy” because of the perplexed lady who found it odd that I painted a zucchini bloom which is seen as a delicacy to many. The word enigmatic represent a mystery, perplexing or puzzling situation. Delicacy is something delightful or pleasing, especially a food considered with regard to its rarity or costliness.