Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hillbillies, squirrels, and the drought

"Hillbilly" heirloom tomato
Prismacolor colored pencils on Stonehenge paper

Between the drought and a pair of brazen black squirrels, it's been a tough summer for my vegetable garden. Everyone's tomatoes are late this year, and I think the vines are finally producing more tomatoes than the squirrels want. This is an heirloom variety called "Hillbilly". They are deeply lobed, and are gorgeous colors. This first one that I picked—before the squirrels got it—weighed in at around a pound:

The one I used for the model for my drawing seemed to ripen and change colors before my eyes:

There are loads of green tomatoes out there, just waiting to ripen; the fact that it's supposed to be 100 degrees here today should hasten that process!

1 comment:

  1. I thought it was just me with late tomatoes, but finally ate one yesterday. It was perfect in its tomato-ness and now it feels like perfect summer :) All of your drawings are beautiful and I look forward to seeing them.