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Friday, May 4, 2012

Painting Produce

Taking a Break From Painting Flowers

Yellow Pepper 1
7"x5"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$100.

I needed to do some quick, fast, loose painting...all this detail on the Bird of Paradise and Hibiscus painting....I required a change of pace.

Green Pepper 1
7" x 5"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$100

Wanting to paint peppers and artichokes since a farm tour a few months ago sent me into my studio for some fast,  energized, don't think about it, just paint painting.


Red Bell 2
8" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$110

You may recall, I encouraged you to take a farm tour in a blog post last November.  When the opportunity presented itself to me in the Coachella Valley I went.  


Green Going To Red
7"x5"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$100

The guide was Ellen Way of Prime Time Farms.  Prime Time grows peppers 365 days a year, which makes them the largest year-round, colored pepper growers in the US.  No wonder they are known as The Pepper People.  Not only did we visit their packing plant in Indio, but Ellen took us to a green house facility close to the Salton Sea where the peppers are grown indoors.  


Ellen is a champ of a guide and an enthusiastic speaker representing Prime Time Farms, California Women in Agriculture and buying local.  She taught everyone so much that day that I couldn't possibly pass it all along, but I do want to tell you a very interesting fact about peppers.  


One Red With Two Yellows
6" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$110

Did you know there is no such thing as a green pepper?  Those green peppers we all buy are actually an immature red or orange or yellow pepper.  Give them some time and they will turn color.  They actually taste sweeter when they are the warmer colors, when they are more mature.  And did you know that a red pepper has more vitamin C than an orange?


After the pepper tour it was out into the fields to watch a globe artichoke harvest in a field owned by Ocean Mist. 

It May Have Choked Arty
3" x 3"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$35.


Globes, like their name, are fairly round in shape and grow well in the desert climate. 


It Won't Choke Me
3" x 3"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$35.

All the produce we saw was absolutely magnificent in color, shape and size.  All of it painting inspiration, and subjects I have wanted to work with since the tour.

Golden Globe
3"x3"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
$35

I had some gessoed canvas boards that were just asking for quick, fast, loose painting of produce and they were calling.  These are a few of the little paintings.  There will be more, but for now, it is back to the larger canvases and a new commission.  It was a great break!

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