It’s the season of abundance! Farm stands, farmers markets, and gardens are at their peak– full of rich color, variety, and freshness the likes of which no supermarket can match. It’s time to celebrate! Pick your favorite vegetable and you are likely to find it feted somewhere: there are OkraFests, GarlicFests, Potato Festivals, even a Butterbean Festival in Alabama, a Great Northern Squashfest in Wisconsin, and an Eggplant Festival in California—every veggie, it seems, gets its due. My personal favorite was a family celebration held each August called Corn Sunday, a gathering of my distant cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents where everyone rolled corn-on-the-cob in mounds of butter and ate as many ears as they liked, along with an unhealthy helping of corn chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, and my Great Aunt Rose’s baked beans. This page celebrates the season with produce from my garden and local farm stands. Enjoy!
Tips and Techniques– Keep your colors fresh! I painted this mainly by mixing just three primary colors: ultramarine blue, nickel azo yellow, and alizarin crimson. I also needed a warmer red for the tomatoes and used quin magenta, which mixed well with the yellow. Using bright primary colors will give you a full range of hues and values. Cleaning your palette and brushes frequently and changing your water when its murky will also keep your colors from getting muddy.
CHECK IT OUT: I’ve added a new lineup of workshops for the fall.