Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Premature Harvest


The garden and greenhouse have done well this year and are producing lots of vegetables. A variety of different types of tomatoes were planted as well as hot and sweet peppers in the greenhouse. I love the heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers. These are seeds that have their roots traced back hundreds of years in some varieties, not being crossed with other plants to change/improve characteristics.

The fruit of the heirloom plants isn't as prolific but the taste is there in spades. And the names are always so exotic... Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Earl of Edgecombe, Black Krim...

I pick some of the vegetables most days and harvest ripe or fallen ones for my own immediate use. I had a bowl of my harvest on the kitchen counter the other day and with the sun on it, I liked the contrast and shapes and decided to paint it.

This is 11.5 x 9.5 on 300 lb Arches paper. There are still a few tweaks to make perhaps but overall it gives a good impression of the nooks and crannies of the pepper against the tomatoes.

5 comments:

sue said...

Ah, what a wonderful image of summer's bounty. Love the complementary colors here. Those names are fabulous, too.

Flowers said...

Nice blog. The painting looks wonderful. Keep it up the good work. Cheers :)

Helen Percy Lystra said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog. Love the peppers.

Jennifer Rose said...

nice shine to the pepper :)

I really like growing the heirloom veggies, they are often such great shapes to draw and great tasting.

tracywall said...

You're right! I love those nooks and crannies!!
Unfortunately, this summer my garden has not been so prolific.