Friday, September 23, 2011

Harvest Abundance


It's been quite the month of challenges for me.  I've been working through the Sketchbook Challenge's September theme "Unfurling", while at the same time trying to immerse myself in art classes and books.  Needless to say it's all affected the way I work and I still feel like I'm unfurling layers and discovering new artistic experiences. I'm also finding great inspiration in other blogs such as Artists in Blogland.



With Fall officially now in place in the mid-west, so is harvest.  I love the yields of harvest, especially from the gardens of my good friends and neighbors.  Every other day there is a bag of fresh vegies on my door step.  Corn, squash, tomatoes, apples...the list is endless.   I make lashings of soups and promptly deliver little pots of it back to my generous neighbors and friends.


Iowa is famous for corn and of course corn is one of my favorite vegetables. I love that feeling of unfurling the golden glory of an ear of corn fresh from the stalk. I love it steamed with lashings of butter and salt and pepper. It's one of the great gifts of Iowa and nothing says Fall to me more than a fresh juicy corn on the cob, a bowl of vege soup and hot buttered toast on a crisp autumn day.


I've tried growing veges myself but I've realized that some people have 'IT' and others don't.  I don't.  My vege garden continually fails, perhaps because I'm so preoccupied with painting instead of weeding. Either way, I appreciate the efforts of a good vege garden and am always a willing recipient of the generosity of my friends.


This piece was done in a combination of watercolor paints and watercolor pencils, highlighted with black and white ink.  The shading is a new way of working for me.  At times I felt constrained and impatient, but once I relaxed and gave myself over to the process I found I actually enjoyed it.  (My hubby thinks it looks the same as all my other work, but to me it's different.)

Thanks for checking in. xx

12 comments:

  1. Great subject for ‘unfurling’! (Wish I would have thought of it!) I see a subtle difference in this one, I like it! Don’t be too hard on the Hubs, they don’t always ‘get it’ even when they try to be supportive. LOL

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  2. Your drawing abilities are just amazing and proven once again!

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  3. How do make corn so beautiful? :-)

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  4. I love visiting and seeing your beautiful drawings. Thanks for so many close ups of the work so we can really appreciate it. You line and colour work inspire me!!!

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  5. You know, when I saw it , I thought Wow! You are really getting into the shadows because this is looking more 3-D than ever.
    I think its absolutely fabulous and your best piece to date! xx

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  6. Beautiful page! I love the vibrant colors and so perfect for your theme. Your story is just as beautiful. I live in a big city n the desert southwest where most people don't even care to know their neighbors. Dreaming of moving to the Seattle area where at least things are green! Thanks for telling us what type of media you used here. Your work is ALWAYS inspiring me! Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  7. Awesome post...your pictures are fabulous and love how the piece unfolded! Beautiful! POP ART MINIS

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  8. It's wonderful! I too love the way you take your pictures!

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  9. And PS...So glad to see you linked to Artists in Blogland!

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  10. Lovely post! The drawing is really lovely and successful and the way you captured it in photographs is terrific!

    I'm with you on gardens, or more specifically, plants of all kinds! I just can't seem to keep them alive, and then I feel so guilty. : /

    (found you at Artists in Blogland)

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  11. I really like this corn. :) I'm not the one to grow veggies either. Nor flowers. I killed a cactus so that says it all. :)

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