Sunday, April 29, 2012

Only Organic

Only Organic,  10" x 12 1/2"; watercolor
my reference photograph
The vegetable drawers in my frig are not exactly the neatest drawers in the house. Far from it. During the winter
months, I just wipe them out when Honey brings the "only organic" vegetables home from the market.  But in the summer is when I deep clean them in the garden with my garden hose on the jet stream setting. In the summer, cleaning the bins is fun. In the winter, a wipe and a polish is all I can muster.

I don't care if we eat "only organic" or not. I prefer inorganic because organic spoils just minutes home from the market. Now that I don't do the marketing, organic is just fine.

What attracted me to this subject was the plastic storage bags filled with veggies one atop the other. To get a better drawing, I felt a strong  need for masking medium--but not strong enough to get me to use it.   I just went at this painting  in my normal free handed way.  I'm noticing I'm standing more when working with watercolors. Seated is just too seated. Rigamortis sets in. 

16 comments:

  1. Hello Linda, congratulations for this wonderful work. Your interpretation could not be better. I really admire the way you synthesize the reality, in a personal and modern way....and, in my opinion, only a true artist can do this. Ciao!

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    1. Tito, you flatter me. I so admire traditional watercolorists who know what they are doing. I sense what should be done, but prefer to sidestep the difficulties. You, on the other hand, take them right on and produce beautiful work with wonderful linear definitions.

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  2. linda like the freshness of this and your colourful brushstrokes .

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    1. Thank you Jane. Painting, to me, is all about pure color and leaving the mark of the brush. Your very fine work makes mine pale by comparison.

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  3. Composition Delicious, yes, I love that watercolor with delicious colors, you get a daily take of art. Greetings.

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    1. Leovi thank you. I love your delicious colors too. I am very curious about your process.

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  4. Hi again Linda. I appreciate very much your watercolor. It's so fresh and each color is in its right place. Congratulations!
    Thank you Linda.

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    1. Thank you for coming to visit Sonia. And thank you for your comment. I added your lovely robin, so different from the American robin,to my blog list. Other Northerners will be interested. Your watercolors have a lovely touch.

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  5. I knew what it was!!! I only said armchair because ...mumble mumble ... well it certainly is scrumptious now its done, the colours really zing, love it!

    Thought for the day - A Clean Bin is better than a has-bin!

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    1. We're laughing in Michigan John. I do enjoy your sense of humor. Not much to say about a frig bin, other than it's colorful AND SO MUCH MORE FUN TO PAINT THAN CLEAN--unless you're doing it with a hose. There's a delightful laugh to be had with a garden hose, a hot summer's day and a frig bin: they spray back at you.

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  6. I always admire your bold fresh colors, and I agree with you, standing is much better when you do watercolor.

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    1. Sometimes, I think too colorful Jane when I look around. But then this designer knows paint is about color. I like to "push it" by punching it up. I also like punching up the contrasts and firmly believe in the tried and true adage of using a gray mixed from all the main characters as the connective. I think I just told you my painting philosophy.

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  7. Linda, I do love your bright colors and bold painting, and your subject matter!! Who'd have thought??? :)

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    1. Kathryn, the person who thought photograph and paint the vegetable bin
      in her refrigerator would always rather paint it, than clean it. Also a person who is slightly nuts. I opened the frig took a look in the bin and instead of pulling the drawer out, I photographed it, and painted it--a much more enjoyable task.

      I like colors running into one another and that's what I saw when I looked in the drawer, a subject I like to paint that really has nothing to do with what it is--just with how the colors are interacting.

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  8. Love this...it is a great subject..vegtables in a drawer. I am a big fan of the "everyday" subject. You did a perfect job of it. I see boldness in your work..we can never sit! lol!

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    1. Thanks Celeste. "They" say to paint what you know. I know the lowly fridge bin very well. LOL.

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