NOT JUST talking garden to plate. That and so much more! Going from feeling like dirt to feeling delicious. And then there is the creative process, going from the seed of an idea, to connecting my thoughts with my visuals. Sometimes a bit random but always getting back to deliciousness.
Category: Playing in the delicious dirt
Anything that directly relates to my trials and tribulations of gardening in the Southwest desert including photos from my gardening.
Olive trees. For those that are allergic, they can be brutal. Messy, pesticide sprayed high maintenance trees that go along with ornamental oranges in my mind of silly fruit baring trees planted in the southwest! BUT, if you do not spray them , and fertilize them and bother to go out of your way to pick and pickle them… delicious home grown , home made garlic olives = MAJOR yum for months. So as the temperature is starting to feel human here, and with LOTS of urban farming things to do outside ( beside the rest of life to dos/ work and … did I say hiking anyone ?) picking and pickling olives is on my timely to do list ! Snooze you loose.
Sometimes I feel that my attempt at gardening in the summer is truly some sick joke I am playing on myself. After months of pampering, and after finally getting 5 yummy pickling cucumbers … I have now successfully killed several more plants it seems. Too much/ too little water, gazillion degree heat, too much or too little fish emulsion, etc etc. Wondering if these will be the last cucumbers I include in my art for many many many months ? AND I LOVE CUCUMBERS!!!! Ironically I have grown to also love dripping paint, which by the way is really not a good summer outdoor activity here either. The paint seems to dry before it even hits the canvas. I have been thinking… ( dangerous I know ) …this paint technique with this color paint makes me think that the desert dweller mother nature’s mascara is running .
Working on the Chakra healing series of paintings does not always result in happy feeling paintings. Between my concern and attention to listening to what varied sources are saying here and abroad about the nuclear deal with Iran …and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper movie the other night….prickly pear Cactus fruit appeared much more ominous when I was handling it this week.
Although I have not been posting as regularly as I had hoped to when I got this blog started it CERTAINLY is not because I have not been working on content.
With that said I would like to add that having spent 12 days this summer between NY and DC areas really were inspiring. It was great being back in the mode of my street photography, and running around museums and galleries ( literally burned off some edges of some new sneakers ) . The trip really put a creative fire in my belly. It has been 4 weeks ( today ) since I got home and I have been cranking it up with painting, mixed media, shooting photos in my garden and in my studio with treasures from my garden against Chakra Healing Series. I have messing with photos from the trip to make a separate blog from the images and get family photo treasures scene by …. well family! AND big reality check…. working on write up and visual support materials to get funding and exhibition …. and with that said I thought this recent busy bee image I shot in our garden with a night bloomer in it’s full brief beauty seemed very approriate.
While watering the veggies this morning I realized my quail recipe I considered a few weeks ago was best that it had not been executed. It appears that the fat yummy quail I had been considering for dinner… must have been pregnant because as I walked up to one of the raised beds a family of baby quail went running out of cover of the cinder blocks that were protecting them( silly kids) , with their mom yelling at them ( and me ) from nearby. No photos . Wondering where the nest had been .
I picked hmm maybe 60 yummy little organic peaches… and then there were those that already had a bite or a peck or half eaten… darn, almost a 5 gallons bucket worth. This is what I have learned. Pick unripe ripen them well inside … it really was upsetting to attempt to have them ripen on the tree and hope we have a chance to enjoy any of them.
After 4 years I am happy to say I have finally gotten a harvest. Each year I have gotten a little tougher love going with the thinning of the small fruit .
SO this is what I have learned…. Do not put in fridge and THEN try to ripen !
Pick them unripe and give them a nap as described in this great video that really helped set me straight. It worked 🙂