As I was painting the many layers of green in this painting I was thinking about how comforting it is to have this humble plant growing just outside my door. My parents have it growing in their yard as well, as did my Grandparents and their parents.
And that got me to thinking.... how long has lettuce been growing? After a short Wikipedia search, I learned that lettuce has been growing and feeding us for thousands of years! It was the ancient Egyptians who bred lettuce into a plant grown for its edible leaves in 2680 BC. That's 4694 years ago!
Over four thousand years of bright green tasty leaves... somehow I take great comfort in that.
This original 8 x 10 painting is available in my shop.
(Watercolour on paper)
I have a kale forest in my garden. I've been so busy picking, steaming and chopping that I haven't had time to draw it. So here's a drawing from last year's kale - it's always been one of my favourites (the drawing and the vegetable!).
I also have this image available as a print, phone case, and tote bag through Society6, if you're in need of a little more kale in your life!
And a little thrill is always a good boost, isn't it?
Another one of my drawings was accepted in Taproot magazine!
This time the issue is themed, "Breathe" and they chose my white tulip drawing to be paired with a lovely poem called "Imaginary Air". I am so pleased to be included in this wonderful, thoughtful, and inspiring magazine. It's a real honour!
The white tulip I drew is growing again in my garden right now, and it's just about to open. Ohhhh.... the cycles of the garden, of art, of life....