Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Harvest Time

Harvest Time, oil, 11 x 14
Elizabeth W. Seaver

We've had such lovely, cool, dry weather since our weather bouquet of last week.  This morning, the temperature reminds me that fall is on its way.  The growing season of spring and summer is my favorite of the year, and I always get a bit melancholy when I can feel it ending. 

The upcoming days of raking leaves and donning sweaters does put me in mind of my childhood pet dog who loved the cooler weather and would bark and run around in circles in the yard, jumping blissfully into raked piles of leaves.  I would do well to remember her, and even if I can't emulate her exuberance entirely, endeavor to run around in circles and jump in the leaves in my heart.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Earthquakes, Thunderstorms and Hurricanes

 Seedlings, oil, 8 x 10, Elizabeth W. Seaver

What a week it has been, weather-wise.  As we await whatever will come from Irene, I thought I'd post another of my recent paintings, also in oil.  Here's a plant which doesn't need to be watered, and can't be washed away in a drenching rain.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Range

Free Range, oil, 10 x 8
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I was working on a commission in oil and got excited about that medium again.  So, while the paints are wet, I am using them instead of acrylics--but just for now.

I always say that my favorite thing about acrylics is that they dry so quickly.  And my least favorite thing about acrylics is that they dry so quickly.  I love the way the oil paint continues to move and soften edges.

See below, landscape in acrylic:

 Gulf Coast Sunrise I, acrylic, 12 x 12

And landscape in oil:

Gulf Coast Sunrise 2, oil, 10 x 10

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Radishes, Finished

Dahling, You Look Radishing, mixed media, 24 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I heard from two different folks yesterday things I didn't know before.  One, if you want to scare bunnies away from your produce, Ginger says to plant marigolds around the vegetables.  They don't like the scent.  I think I had heard that about bugs, but didn't know it worked on other creatures as well.

Secondly, my friend Heidi says that big, scary groundhogs are more of a problem in her garden than rabbits. 

My Granny had a wonderful green thumb and was a proponent of peace and justice.  Rabbits were few and far between in Houston neighborhoods.  But let a slug come anywhere near her garden, and she turned vicious.  I still remember her cries of triumph as she sprinkled salt on those slugs. 

My root vegetable series is, in part, tribute to her.  I miss you, Granny.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rabbit's Delight II

And the grown up painting....

Rabbit's Delight II, acrylic, 24 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver

...carrots for those really big, scary bunnies that hide until dark and then swipe the fruits of your sweaty labors.  
Or, you could just buy it and hang it in your kitchen. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rabbit's Delight

Rabbit's Delight, mixed media, 4 x 4

Mini root veggie, painted as a study for a larger painting, which I will share later when I get a better photo.