Sunday, May 15, 2011

On the Cob

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet, without matt/frame
Available through DPW gallery/auction
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This is my submission to last weeks DPW challenge (I've gotten a bit behind). We were to paint a vegetable that we like, and corn is one of my all time favorite vegetables. And corn on the cob is the best!

When I was young, I wore braces. For 4 years (4 of the longest years as I recall) I had metal bands & wires in my mouth, combined with small rubber bands - all designed to straighten teeth & make a beautiful smile. What I remember most from those 4 years are a few very distinct things. First, they were painful - getting them on, having them adjusted, sleeping & just plain wearing them was painful. Second, getting hit in the mouth with even a slight tap would cause pain & draw blood. And Third, there were foods you just should/could not eat. Unfortunately, corn on the cob was one of them! For 4 years I could not eat this delicacy - but once those braces came off, look out!!

Summer barbecues, in the back yard, family & friends all there & having a good time. And corn on the cob was always there, steaming, with melted butter running between the kernels. And a visible dash of salt. My mouth is watering now, just typing this!

I so look forward to the summer, when the local farmers start harvesting their corn. It is so sweet & delicious. And our friends that come to visit on the weekends, always smile when they see the bags of corn arrive. No one argues when it comes time to husk them, and no one can stop themselves when the platter of cooked corn arrives on the table. I know, I know - high in fat, high in starch, high in sodium. But the taste is oh sooo good!!

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas sheet

10 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

I am just so suggestible when it comes to food paintings. Add in your words and I am sitting dying for a good, hot, buttery and salty ear of corn myself! Great job on the painting, Nancie!

Kim said...

I hear you! I feel the same way ; )) Great job on the painting!

Irina said...

Poor baby. Who knows, maybe no brace would cause no passion for corn)). Story is so touching.
My problem is I can not draw food: when the tools get ready, the food is already eaten by the painter.. Your painting is good!

Nancy Goldman said...

I really like this Nancie. The close up view is a nice composition and I love the colors and sense of light.

SYLVIANE said...

A nice painting, Nancie!even if I don't share your taste for corn;here, in France, until those last years, they were given to animals ,but we can now find them on supermarkets.

Rebecca said...

Love your corn Nancie! I feel like I just want to get into your painting, take the corn and eat it. Great job with the color and invoking your viewer's desire to eat it!

Angela said...

Lovely painting and did you have to say that. Makes my mouth water for some good ole corn on the cobb. My favorite though is the kind you wrap and place over open coals. Yumm Yummy.

Angela said...

Makes me want some corn. I love the composition and distinct kernals. Great job.

The Desert Girl said...

Ooh, yummy! This painting screams of summer! "Knee high by the Fourth of July!" (The corn here in South Texas is in perfect picking season. I took a three hour drive yesterday and almost crashed for looking at the rows and rows of gorgeous green ears of corn!) Beautiful capture, Nancie!

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Very beautiful! Such a fantastic atmosphere!

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