|Voluptuous Peppers 16×20 Watercolor|
One Saturday morning I got to go with my mother-in-law to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market and we loaded up on peppers to make pepper jelly. She bought bags of peppers, I didn’t know they came in so many colors. We spent the day in her kitchen washing peppers, chopping peppers, brewing, stewing, and sealing jars. The colors were so amazing and I snapped pictures at every chance. I had great plans to paint the whole process. This is the first picture of the bunch and then I lost the whole lot of photos while I was in the process of painting this. I am so disappointed. I might still have some of the pictures on Facebook but I know not all of them are on there. I don’t want to know what is lost and what is preserved so I haven’t looked. This picture was pretty much painted from my head. I had no reference photo to look to.
The thing about that day of processing peppers was the team work and the common goal. I felt like the farmers and the market were all together in support of our endeavor. They showed us the peppers, talked advice, chit-chatted about our plan for the day. The pepper jelly is for other people as well. Being in our kitchen with loads of peppers from busy farms, heading out as jelly to friends. It was like I was part of a conveyor belt in life’s factory.
I believe farming is a vital root of society. It is one of our last Connections to the earth and its seasons as nurture and labor and grow nutrition to sustain the masses. Small farmers are so invaluable and yet we don’t honor them like they deserve. Farmers-Film is trying to bring awareness to the local farmer and their challenges. I saw the project and was inspired. My effort to eat local is not very dedicated but I will work on it. I also want to use my art to bring awareness and support. So, with this painting I am looking to work with the farmers that I bought the peppers from. It’s still in the works. There is talk of selling art during their farm tour, or perhaps links on their website. In the mean time, as I try to keep it simple and helpful I have decided to donate 25% of the first 100 16×20 prints sold to support feeding hungry children here in American. I am always looking for the best place to donate, so please comment below on food related organizations you would like to see supported. Here are some peppers. Support your local farm while you spice up your home with this lively piece that won’t ever go bad. You can purchase your print here. I will be shipping out orders January 9 and beyond. Pass it on.
|This can be displayed so many ways too.|