|Garden of Eden Beans - 6 x 6 inches - oil on canvas|
Before I left, I asked if I could take home some beans to paint as I thought they were quite beautiful. I gotta be honest, he seemed a bit reluctant to let them go and asked if I planned to eat them (as I assume he wanted to make sure they wouldn’t go to waste).
I had my own berry basket at home (you can probably tell that I like painting these as I’ve done several in recent weeks) so I filled it with my handful of beans, added a few cherry tomatoes and put everything on a dishtowel.
I started with a bright pink wash of acrylic and painted the beans first and then the basket. I decided on a very dark background to add drama and contrast to the beans. I had my choice of several dish towels but settled on one with blue stripes as I liked the extra pop of color in my composition. The painting flowed easily without many sticking points along the way so I was quite happy when I finished.
I was told these are called “Garden of Eden” beans and after I painted them, I enjoyed them immensely! They were crisp and sweet and juicy. I ate them raw and loved every last crunch.