Aherne Beauty—Irish Heritage Apples

aherne beauty

Periodically, I’ll be posting bits about the very interesting heritage apples of Ireland. (Getting my geek on for sure!) Compared to the half dozen varieties we see here in American supermarkets, these oddly unique apple shapes and sizes are endlessly fascinating. Biodiversity at its finest! My goal is to illustrate as many of the varieties as I can in the coming year. Maybe one a week. We’ll see. The first example (above) is the Aherne Beauty, a variety that can be traced back to the early 1900’s in County Armagh. They are small, with a deep crimson color and an irregular, oblong shape. Rendered here as a value study in graphite pencil with an underpainting of watercolor pencil. Eventually, I’ll re-draw these all in colored pencil and graphite.