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Too Hot for Tomatoes

To a southerner, steamy temperatures above 90 isn’t a heat wave.  Its Summer.  Until it gets too hot for tomatoes.

 

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Tomatoes before Summer got stupid

We continue in our summer routines – cutting grass, washing trucks, fighting off blood-sucking insects. We take little notice of the oppressive heat until the tomatoes stop growing.  When its too hot for pollination its time to check on the elderly, drink plenty of fluids, stay inside air-conditioned buildings and thank God that you have a rickety ceiling fan and not a crystal chandelier in your bedroom.

 

THE INSPIRATION: With daytime temperatures staying above 86, there are no new tomatoes being produced.  I’m just trying to save the ones that are there.

THE CHALLENGE:  Plein-air work in the garden.  At 8:00 in the morning it’s already hot, humid and humming with biting insects!  Insect repellent is a must.  But it doesn’t keep the flies, gnats off your paper, pastels and paint pallet!

THE SKETCH: I did two sketches.  The 5″x 7″ watercolor postcard mailed to my daughter-in-law in sympathy with her gardening struggles.

Tomatoes Postcard
Watercolor on 5 x 7 postcard

Our plants are not thriving.  Just surviving!

 

Another sketch was done in pastels. This time I focused on what was still good about the plant – the ripening fruit.  Mmm… the glass is looking half-full!

THE TAKEAWAY: Nice imperfections. The smudges and unfinished lines allows the viewer’s eyes to fill in the gaps and form a completed picture in the mind.
I admire the plump, ripening fruit, despite the unforgiving heat!

 

Tomatoes Pastels
Pastels on a watercolor-wash background

 

 

 

 

 

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Author:

Hi! I'm Denise Massey - the funny face behind ArtReach at Home. My past: museum curator, art teacher and consultant. Today: a blogger sharing creativity and personal stories about life in the South.

7 thoughts on “Too Hot for Tomatoes

  1. These are beautiful! I prefer the watercolor one though, I like the dark contrast outlines better than the pastel smudged lines…..both are wonderfully done, though.

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  2. I have never heard of nor thought about it being too hot for tomatoes. But I love the phrase now! A little water from the house can help, I suppose, but no relief from the biting bugs. Sliced tomatoes soon!

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    1. Thanks Claudia! Watering deep has helped keep my plants alive until we get a break in the weather. If they can just hold on a little more…. Daytime temperatures are bound to get below 86 degrees. Eventually!

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