Sunday, July 26, 2009

Garlic Scapes-Eat 'Em, Paint 'Em, Love 'Em-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas
9" x12"

This year, my husband and I bought a share of a CSA, or community supported agriculture. We gave our local farmer, in this case, Middle Branch Farm, a check in the spring and we pick up a bunch of fresh vegetables once a week. The first week the vegetables were ready, we were introduced to garlic scapes. These are the greens the garlic bulb shoots above ground within which it will create seeds. Farmers trim this part of the garlic when they want bigger bulbs.

The weight of the pale yellow seed pods cause these shoots to curl around each other and themselves in a wild bundle. Eating them raw is a little wild too-a satisfying snap when bitten followed by a bold, pleasant sweetness before they bite right back with a spicy smack. We used them in salads, but we also cooked them in mu shu and pasta with delicious, if mellower results.

Of course, I also painted them! I set them up on a stool outside with our patriotic bunting in the background. Scapes turned out to be as much fun to paint as they were to eat!

This painting has SOLD!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Some Studies


copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas
8" x 12"

Even though it has rained most of the summer, I have been to the coast to paint a few times. I did these paintings a few weeks ago on a day that was supposed to be nice, but ended up cloudy and rainy. Since I had driven over an hour to get to the ocean, I painted anyway.


copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas
8" x 12"

No matter what the weather, I still enjoy the challenge of painting the ocean - watching the water swell up into waves and crash down on the rocks or gently sweep by them and trying to isolate the exact moment I want depicted on my canvas. There is often more quiet observation than the mixing and brushing on of pigments with these studies. How do I know when a plein air study is finished? Usually when the tide goes out (or comes in), but in the case of these two, when it starts to rain.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Print on Display in Manchester

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
Mountain Abstract
white-line relief print

Right now, "Mountain Abstract," a white-line relief print, is on display at the New Hampshire Institute of Art's annual Continuing Education Exhibit, in Manchester, NH. The show will be hanging in the French Building (148 Concord St.) until August 15.

If this one print isn't enough for you, mark your calendars for an entire show of my white-line reliefs coming in November.

For more information about the current show and the New Hampshire Institute, visit their website: nhia.edu.

For a detailed image of this print, "Mountain Abstract," click here.

To purchase this framed print, contact the New Hampshire Institute of Art: 603 623-0313