Vegetables: For Art, For Food?

Vegetables for flavor

Shallot, Onion, and Garlic:

I used Daniel Smith Pearlescent watercolors on black watercolor paper. Shopping in the produce section always inspires me to see the produce as something that would be fun to paint first, eating secondary! 


Congratulations, Chelsea, on your New Year,  and especially your new creative jewelry:  I am the happy owner of several of your creations. I always feel happy wearing them. Thank you, Chelsea!

Christmas Card, 2023

This holly branch was quickly and freely drawn with a black crayon on textured paper that accented the irregular lines. The colors were quickly brushed in with a large pointed watercolor brush.

I filed this away, forgotten for a few years, not quite sure  how I would used it. Fast forward, I found it when searching for something else and thought it would work for a Christmas card.

For the wording, the lyrics to" The Holly & The Ivy" carol seemed perfect. I picked parts of the lyrics that would fit into the spaces, a bit of editing the original.

It makes this all of a piece to have envelopes coordinated with the card. Shopping for stamps, I selected the Christmas  stamp design that was  red and green, with a bit of white. .


Sample  envelope blog


Christmas card blog

Holly, theme and variations

Looking for an idea for Christmas cards, I went through my archives and found this holly design that had possibilities. 

Holly original

This one was redone with some new features in Mac's Pages program: removed the background, and then, most exciting, I accidentally hit a command to add the drop shadow. It was exciting to see what happened,  accidentally! This was my new Christmas note. I thought it would also be a good post card, especially considering the new U.S. postal rates. Maybe next Christmas!
Holly original

Another painted accepted in juried show


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Some paintings are a struggle, but this one was a lot of fun. I still feel a jolt of adrenaline whenever I look at it. 

The swirling petals were easy to paint, guiding the brush out from the center of the flower.

Drawing the circles bouncing up from the greenery, I held the brush perpendicular to the paper, just the very point of the brush on the paper. It felt as if the circles morphed into champagne bubbles with that fizzy sparkle. 

I have forgotten what animal hairs were used for this skillfully hand-made brush. We who are fortunate to have some original Keith Lebenzon brushes still mourn his passing. 


Accepted in juried art show



This is just one of uncounted lily paintings I've done. I chose this one because the green background and lavender border made this painting especially pleasing, at least to my eye. Lucky me, the judge agreed!  

When not painting lilies, I'm in the garden,  planting, even encouraging dozens of lilies clustered around the garden. Early fall, I'm perusing lily catalogues, deciding what new ones to add to next year's crop. There are always new ones, considering bloom time, color, planting places.

Recently the proliferation of rabbits has become the bane of gardeners. New lily shoots are particularly luscious to rabbits, nibbled to the ground. No lily! This winter's project: fencing cylinders to protect next spring's crop. 



Four Peppers, Pen Drawn

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These peppers were so vibrant and glossy, they were really fun to paint, quickly without thinking much. The border took a little longer, deciding where the peppers would burst through and making the pen designs. Making linear borders always reminds me how much I liked high school geometry. What would my geometry teacher have to say about what his class started!

Accepted in juried art show!

After much hemming and hawing, I finally decided to enter a local Juried Art Show. This is the first time I have entered any art show. Two of my favorites were selected: Farmers Market Carrots and Pumpkin. 
I brought these carrots home from the farmers market, scrubbed off the dirt, thinking we’d roast them on the BQ for dinner, but they were so photogenic, I just had to draw them first. I used a Uniball Signo 1.0 black gel pen, added some bright yellow-green-orange watercolor, then some complimentary blue-purple background colors.
Roasted with olive oil, and sprinkle of salt, they didn’t look nearly as good, but they were delicious eating! We ate them all for appetizers. Quick and easy. Try this sometime. 
The pumpkin I found at my favorite plant nursery. Unlike supermarket pumpkins, this one had an irresistible jagged stem, just begging to be drawn. Drawn with a 6.0 mm Pilot Parallel Pen, black ink, on cold press watercolor paper, hence the irregular crayon look. The ink was still a bit wet when I added watercolor with a broad edge brush, wet at the top of the pumpkin, drier on the sides. I can still feel the energy of drawing this.      

Wishing for garden tulips

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These commercially grown tulips will have to do. No tulips in my garden. Several years ago I planted dozens of tulips. Happily watched them grow, sending up beautiful plump buds. Just ready to pick. Good grief! Stems wilting, buds dragging on the ground! Learned that voracious voles tunneled under the tulips, ate the bulbs!
Sigh! No more tulips!

Eat your veggies?

Before you eat your veggies, paint them! Browse the produce section, thinking of what to paint. Markets that stock locally- grown produce, will have the crispiest leaves and freshest colors. I was so excited finding these beets, back home, I skipped the kitchen, and put them on my drawing table. Nothing like painting immediately, Still delicious the next day for dinner.

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