Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Locally Grown

Locally Grown
11x14

I really enjoyed painting these peaches! I have been wanting to paint peaches since last summer, but, peaches do not seem to last a day in our house. Especially local Texas peaches. They have so much peach fuzz on them and our slightly smaller, but so sweet. Whenever I see the shape of these Texas peaches I immediately remember when I was a kid and picking the peaches off of a peach "bush" in our backyard. I say a bush because the tree was there when we moved in and nobody ever seemed to do anything with it. Prune it/shape it or fertilize it. It wasn't an attractive tree/bush, but it produced a lot of peaches and we were free to pick them off and eat them without even washing them! My friend has a large peach tree here in Dallas. I will have to ask her if I can go by and take some photos of the peaches on the tree. Last summer she sent us home with a giant paper bag of peaches that my kids had the pleasure of picking.

Oh, back to the painting, I enjoyed this painting because I loved "playing" with the yellows, oranges, reds and magenta. I was inspired to paint the peaches in one of these little baskets from a drive we took to Tyler, Texas. All along the way there were stands on the side of the road selling "Locally Grown" everything. We were dropping my son off at camp so I couldn't ask if we could stop and take photos for maybe future paintings. I had one of these baskets at home so I set up my own little peach stand to paint. When I was painting (outside) every now and then I would get a whiff of the awesome fresh peach scent.

Enjoy and have a peach!

5 comments:

  1. The peaches are beautiful, such bright colors, and great control in this watercolor, of where the colors go.

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  2. Absolutely brilliant, Liana. I want to grab one! Nice work.

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  3. the colors are awesome, composition - brilliant.

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  4. friends, thank you so much. your comments mean so much to me! I have to tell you, my husband had just made the comment to me, "don't paint to sell, paint for yourself." That is how the peaches came about. I just realized that yesterday when an artist friend and i were talking about art in general. now this painting and your comments mean even more to me!

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  5. Liana, the peaches and limes above are my favorites! Your compositions are fresh and colors vibrant--REALLY lovely work!
    Faye

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