Last fall, our son decided that he wanted to try growing garlic.  He planted it in the garden and we have been watching it all spring.  Finally it is in flower and, as the leaves die back, it is time to harvest.  I pulled one up to do this picture.  I’m not sure that I have done it justice, as the plant stands about 60″ from roots to blossom.

Garlic, watercolor, 7" x 5"

Garlic, watercolor, 7″ x 5″

When we lived in Italy, our landlord grew garlic in the garden outside our house and each spring we ended up with bundles of it.  I would braid the stems and hang the braids in the kitchen. Even after giving a lot away, we had enough garlic to last us until the next spring.

Fresh garlic takes a couple of weeks to dry, but may be eaten right away and has a more delicate taste.


120 Paintings

“It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.”  –  Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog

Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.

My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.