Nasturtium, for Earth Day
April 21, 2011
“Nasturtium and single leaf” ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 7″ x 10″ $65.00
I love nasturtiums. Is it nasturtia? Their colors are wonderfully vivid, their design is curious. And they smell really pungeantly earthy. A perfect ode to Earth Day.
My mother grew them along with white daisies. They made a lovely little bouquet in a glass vase, the white daisies contrasted to the intensely colored orange, red and yellow nasturtiums. They’re also lovely in salads, I discovered a few years ago having lunch at a winery near San Jose, CA that is sadly no longer around. But oh was that salad a revelation.
This painting’s germination came last monthwhen one of the people in my workshops brought in this lone flower along with its companion leaf. I used it for a model while I demonstrated blocking in colors and shapes. Later on I took the little demo back to my painting table and fleshed it out. And voila.
Have a good Earth Day!