Thursday, July 24, 2008

Squash Blossoms, zuchinni squash

" Squash Blossoms "
Oil
6"x8"
Last Monday I had a very nice group of 10 women (whose husbands are members of the NSSGA (National Stone Sand Gravel Assoc. & here for a conference at Sun Valley Resort) visit my studio to see what a "Day in the Life of a Working Artist" was like. I did a demo painting in my garden so they could see what Plein Air painting was all about. I don't have distant views of the surrounding mountains because our conifers are 70' tall surrounding our property. So, this view of zuchinni squash is what I painted.
This spring I planted my son's Flexi Flyer red wagon with a tomato plant and the zuchinni. I pull it around the yard where ever the sun is. I built a box about 16" high inside the wagon to hold the soil. Works great. Nice reminder, too, of all the fun my son had with this wagon that his godparents gave him at age 3 (he'll be 20 next month!) For many years I used it to haul my garden tools in, too.
SOLD

11 comments:

Dean H. said...

Very, very, nice job on this! Love the application plus the strong yel. & orange against the grayed comlementaries.

lila said...

What a clever gardening idea!
Your paintings are delightful!
I came over after reading your comment in Robert Genn's clickback.
I am an artist too, doing mostly watercolors and dabbling in collage.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Dean.

I did use a painting knife to lay on the lights in the blossom and the leaves. I find it easier with a knife wet in wet especially with bright, clear flower colors.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Lila.
When I learned about blogging I realized that that is what Painter's Keys is, one huge blog! Aren't we artists lucky to stay connected in this way and to realize we aren't working in a vaccum?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are back! I love your paintings. I guess you've been too busy to blog lately.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are back! I love your paintings. I guess you've been too busy to blog lately.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks A. Yes, I have had one show and now another in two weeks, plus some commissions to begin. I will try for two or three dailies though. Feeling rusty already!
Thanks for visiting.

Todd Bonita said...

great body of work here...I'm fast becoming a fan.
best,
Todd

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Todd. One of the wonderful things about doing a blog is to see the progression of work over time. I'm glad you like my paintings. Thanks for visiting.

Frank Gardner said...

Nicely done. I like the hits with the palette knife too.
Do you ever eat the flowers? We do. Had some squash blossom quesadillas this afternoon.

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Thanks, Frank. Good to hear from you! With my veggie garden limited to a few containers I will wait for all the blossoms to produce squash. I have eaten squash blossoms, filled with a cheese mixture and they are deliscious!