Local produce

Local produce is making its way to market this week. I received my first CSA basket from Ferme Tournesol on Tuesday. I didn’t get around to sketching everything but I was especially appreciative of the first stalks of asparagus, so I painted them in gouache on toned paper while chatting on Zoom with friends.

This morning I made the first trip of the season to my very favourite Jean Talon market. I was REALLY hoping to sketch on site but there are no tables or chairs in cafes, and no benches within the market. That will all change tomorrow when dining on terraces will open again in Montreal but it was still exciting to see all the merchants gearing up for this. Most of the produce this week is still imported but I found some French radishes and brought them home to sketch and to eat.

18 Comments on “Local produce”

  1. Denise says:

    Glad things are starting to come alive in Montreal! Looking forward to more “produce” paintings from you, and looking forward to what I can “produce” with your new gouache on- line learning course!


  2. Chris Rusk says:

    Your asparagus is exquisite.
    I love the well placed flash of purple in your French radishes too!


    • Thanks Chris. I was happy with the way the asparagus came out too because I didn’t over work it. Sketching on Zoom was good because I wasn’t really focused on painting. Sometimes the best results happen when you are thinking about something else.

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      • Laura Kate says:

        I’m stunned that you can paint and Zoom at the same time. For me, it’s all I can do to manage the elements of the painting. I have no room for simultaneous activities!


  3. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    Lovely asparagus and radishes!


  4. Feels like a bit of “normal” is creeping in.
    Lovely pieces. the gouache really suits the asparagus.
    You’ve really captured the happiness of French radishes! Reminds me I should plant some seeds. But not til this cold snap is over!


  5. Northern Traveller says:

    Glad to hear MTL is beginning to open up…..hopefully soon in TO!
    Lovely paintings. Can you please do a course on how to paint while zoom chatting….? LOL.
    Jean Talon is definitely a special place – so colourful. Good to hear the vendors are gearing up for the summer :). Mary


  6. Judy Sopher says:

    I am amazed by your asparagus. How can a simple piece of produce look so lovely. Maybe it is partially cuz it is one of my favorite vegetables. And gouache one of my favorite mediums. I just bought some radishes and think I will try to paint them.

    When do you decide to use gouache instead of transparent watercolor? Or how do you decide?


  7. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening dear friend Shari,

    Everything in this world is a subject for your art and you see art in everything.
    Very beautiful nature in you.


  8. Nice sketches, I like the minimalism of your asperagus painting.


  9. Tracy says:

    Those asparagus make me hungry! 🙂

    Shari, I’ve been searching theough old posts to see what gouache colors are standard for you? I have signed up for the skies class, but I think the colors you recommend there are a sub-set of what you use…! Just a suggestion that on your materials link it would be cool to see your gouache supplies added in with the watercolor supplies when you get a chance.


    • Tracy, I do indeed intend on doing that.
      I have a bigger set that I use but for this class I wanted to keep the list of colours short.
      There are so many people who are trying gouache for the first time and it can get expensive if you have to buy everything. So yes, I am planning on adding gouache to my materials page, which needs an overhaul anyway. Thanks for the push!! And for signing up for the class.


  10. mcammeehan says:

    Ah, asparagus, truly signs that spring is in full bloom! I like the minimalism as well.


  11. Vesna Matthies says:

    Hello Shari,I live in Hamburg,Germany and have been following your blog for years…have bought two of your books…wonderful….although I paint mostly in oils ,I love to learn more about gouache and watercolor (especially when traveling)…clicked on your gouache course,has the price now changed ?…look forward to download it…can it be purchased with PayPal? in euros ?….I am not very experienced with online courses….thanks for an answer Vesna Matthies

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    • Hi Vesna,
      It’s so nice to read this. Thanks so much for following the blog!
      The gouache course had a special price for one week but that is over now.
      Yes, of course you can pay by Paypal! The option is not available on my website but we can do it between us. Can you just email me at info@shariblaukopf.com
      Looking forward to hearing from you!


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