Two Saturdays ago, the Art Ladies visited the Taos Farmer's Market with the mission to purchase items for our still lifes, which we later set up at the Hacienda del Sol courtyards to paint. It was interesting to see what the others purchased and even more fun to see their set ups. My stash consisted of these flowers, two eggplants and a beautiful bunch of green onions, some of which made it into this still life. Ha! I bet you thought they were leaves of some sort. The black and white dotted table covering is my scarf, and the container for the flowers is a sturdy coffee mug I purchased for my husband. Even more fun to see was that all of our veggie purchases made it into the next morning's breakfast, prepared by Chef Gerd. All in all, it was a glorious day.
The eggplants from Springdale Farm were so beautiful that I wish I had painted a different view of them so that more of the color showed. One of them is gigantic and the other much smaller, so they looked like Mutt and Jeff, whoever they are.
During the summers, we purchase a box of vegetables from Springdale Farm, and we are never disappointed. Not only do we receive organically grown produce which is so tasty and fresh, but I am supplied with an abundance of still life material. I love the way the vegetables (yes, I know tomatoes are a fruit) look on this MacKenzie -Childs platter, which I won in a charity raffle. I may have to someday paint this in larger format.
The little Indian eggplants still interest me. I love their color, shape and sizes. Unfortunately, by the time I finish with them, they may be past their prime of freshness. Maybe I will make baba ghanouj with them tomorrow.
You will obviously gather from the title that this is a new bowl, which I purchased at the Whitefish Bay Farm gallery in Door County when we painted there en plein air in early-September. There were so many beautiful bowls and other items, including hand spun and dyed yarn, that it was hard to choose what to buy. I love the dark stripe in this bowl, calling out for an eggplant, and the irregular colors of the glaze.
A friend gave me three eggplants and a sunflower from her Chicago roof top garden. What more could I ask for? -- a beautiful flower, a new variety of eggplant, and a complimentary palette.
(Please excuse the poor quality photo. It's a gloomy day and I cannot get the colors right even with manual adjustments.)