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