Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful for Onions

Blue Onion 6 x 10
Red and Yellow  8 x 10
 I just shared a satiating, satisfying, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  It was filled with fabulous food, hugs, laughter, stories, play, walks, memories, a few mishaps which will become legend ("remember the year...?").   The holiday was replete with the hectic hubbub I relish.

This year, my  brother concocted a hearty turkey stew/soup from whatever he could find in the kitchen the morning after.  Turkey carcass and leftover
 meat were essentials, but in the process while chatting and chopping, I saw carrots, shallots, garlic, celery, pasta, spices and onions.  I noted that as he sauteed the onions, he poured some of the stock into the sautee pan just before adding the mixture to the stew pot, dredging up all the sweet carmelized yumminess and adding layers of flavor to the stew which was scrumptious.  So...

I started thinking of onions and how often I have chosen them as subject. Here are a few of my onion paintings from over the years.. some you've seen, some not. Onions in the sun, in the shadow, on Mom's favorite plates, with other ingredients, sprouting, peeling, always enticing, color glowing as it bounces onion to onion. Though I love to cook with onions, I am often tempted to let them sprout, and sprout some more.  Those sensuous, organic greens are wild and alluring.

Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving. 
Sunny Onions 8 x 10
Red on Red 12 x 9

Onions 6 x 10

Flavorful 10 x 8
Onions n Oil 10 x 10

Thursday, November 01, 2012

"Dockside" 6 x 6 oil

My entry for the Girls Just Wanna Paint's October challenge, theme - hats. This couple was sitting on Monhegan Island's dock, waiting for the afternoon ferry. Or, maybe they were just sitting because it's a wonderful place to be... for hours.  Salty, sunny, breezy, and beautiful.

Truth is, the hats are a little crisp and new for Monhegan,  making the couple's energy  more about movement, than just being in place, but I loved their silhouettes, and their juxtaposition against Monhegan's lovely Manana.

Thanks for looking.