Garden Ingredients

There are very few dishes that do not benefit from a tomato and a green bell-pepper. I love to use them in omelets, on pizza, in spaghetti sauce, soups, stews, and, of course, salads. In the Summer, they are prized picks out of a backyard garden.

They also appear often in paintings. They have round and oval shapes, along with, as many deviations in shapes as there are tomatoes and green peppers. I took an art class in 11th grade in high school, and the tomato was our first “model” on the first page of everyone’s drawing tablet, drawn with a freshly sharpened #2 pencil. I was surprised at the large tomato’s complexity, its need to be shaded so that the lumps at the top were well defined. I swear, that our 4-foot 10-inch art teacher was wearing a smug smile as we hunkered down to find a way to get it all represented on paper. Because, I know, I was one of the students that took out my pencil with total confidence and put away a pencil that was equally worn at the point, and the eraser end. And, the paper? Dreadfully thin!

Enlightened and humbled. Art class was a place to receive a critique that was breathtakingly positive one week, and fall to the bottom of the pile the next week. And, yes, in that respect, life still imitates art!!

“Garden Ingredients” is an 8×10 oil on canvas-board and part of the “Painting Today” series.

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