Sunday, August 16, 2009

I drew the apple on the right-side of the page late last night in the kitchen. I thought about making rasberry tea, but it was hot and I didn't want to heat up the room anymore than it already was.

This morning I drew the left-side of the page, drinking hot, strong coffee and eating a cold knotweed muffin with rasberry jam.

Most people who know knotweed don't like knotweed. It's an invasive plant and it has a strange, primitive look. But if you harvest it in spring, you can eat it or freeze it to eat later. I think knotweed tastes like rhubarb.

Not everyone likes rhubarb either, but I do. My mom had a few plants growing in the backyard where I grew up, and I liked to pick a stalk, dip it in sugar, eat it, and pucker my face at the sour flavor.

This apple I drew was tiny, picked from a tree nearby. When I cut it open, the inside turned brown right away. I could see the white change color before my eyes, the effects of oxygen, I guess.

The fan was blowing in the kitchen this morning, not doing much to cool the room on this hot day in August.

Colored pencil in Moleskine sketchbook.


  1. I am very impressed with your artistic eye and talent. Keep up the great work!

  2. BEAUTIFUL colors and apple shapes!!

  3. I'm really enjoying all your drawings, and your stories to go with them! Very nice, indeed! nancy

  4. Mmmm rhubarb - probably my favourite fruit! I used to do exactly the same: dip it in sugar. Now I like to just eat it straight out of the ground - no sugar. You can see my mouth coming out of the back of my head! The more tart the fruit, the better.

    Another great idea for you - design your own calendar for the kitchen! These images would go perfectly.

  5. Mark: I've been thinking about printmaking since looking at your blog. I think I need to see what supplies I have around here.

    Betty: My son said the apple was too pointy, so I appreciate your comment on the shape (smile).

    Nancy: Thank you!

    Heather: Ah, another rhubarb fan! And, another great idea from you. A calendar would be fun to design...though it would probably take me half a lifetime to finish it...but, so what! I love the way you come up with ideas.

  6. Wow! I'm happy to have found you too! Fantastic work here!

  7. Do it online, takes minutes, or do it in Photoshop if you have it. I won't take a lifetime, 12 day - 12 drawings. I have complete faith in you!

  8. beautiful drawing! Love the details and lines portrayed

  9. Raena, welcome!

    Heather, you are optimistic. :)

    Alex, thanks for looking and commenting.

    Annie, you know I like seeing you here.