Sunday, August 15, 2010

Beautiful, Bountiful; Italian Sunflowers & Brandywine Tomatoes

16"x20" oil on canvas mounted on museum quality board (Raymar)

"Without faith in what you and others can achieve, you cannot even begin to make your life speak."
- Robert Lawrence Smith, "A Quaker Book of Wisdom"

I finished this on Friday, but haven't had a chance to write or blog about it until now. Today's painting is, "Beautiful, Bountiful; Italian Sunflowers & Brandywine Tomatoes" and is a 16"x20" oil on canvas mounted on museum quality board (Raymar). We're at my favorite part of summer, where the yard & garden is bursting forth with flowers and finally veggies! This variety of tomato is so delicious. We tried these out last summer & decided this year we'd have a few extra plants. Looks like I'm going to be making some kind of sauce...there's quite a few tomatoes......And one can never have too many flowers! It's really nice to bring in fresh ones every day or so, and still have plenty in the yard.

We also grew these little pumpkins, I think the variety is called "Jack-be-Nimble". Well the vine is HUGE and taking over the planet! or at least the driveway! (gives new meaning to 'Smashing Pumpkins"). We've had to cut the little monster back as it was climbing up the butterfly bushes and other shrubs and was headed for the neighbors! Now what to do with all these cute little orangey things! It's a long way 'til October. Who would've thought they'd be popped up & ready in August? When I hauled in the basket of tomatoes, pumpkins, and flowers, that thing was so heavy! What a haul!

Looks like it's going to be a very busy week. I am beginning another commission :-) and later this week going to bring my mom up from Florida to visit CT for a little while. So my postings may be erratic over the next two weeks as I tend to these things!

***I've had several readers ask about impasto techniques lately. During one of my upcoming posts this week I'll be talking about that for my artist readers!

Bountiful, Beautiful - Italian Sunflowers & Brandywine Tomatoes

About This Painting:
The best parts of summer, a bountiful garden with good food, and flowers for your house.

Media: oil on canvas mounted on archival board (Raymar)
Size: 20 in X 16 in (50.8 cm X 40.6 cm)

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Blogger SC Shisler: said...

Another stunning piece Roxanne. I'm so jealous of your painting inspirations - I SO miss living up north. Beautiful painting!

August 16, 2010 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Gosh, thanks Sally! I guess the lush summers are pay-off for the crappy winters we get! I do wish summer lasted just a few weeks longer. Hopefully I'll get used to this before another decade is out! :-)
...or just plan winters in FL with my mom?? hehe.

August 16, 2010 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Becky Joy said...

Beautiful piece Roxanne.

August 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks so much Becky!

August 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger susan hong-sammons said...

love these pure colors

September 1, 2010 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Susan!

September 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

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