"Green Cabbage #2" -- plein air field study -- oil on canvas 18x24"
My neighbors, Sue & Shirley, have 3 giant, organic vegetable gardens they call Verdant Ground. Their cabbages are always so beautiful, I love painting them! Alas, this summer I had such a busy schedule, it wasn't until mid-September before I took the time to bring my easel over to paint anything. And I wore long pants, shoes and socks! Last summer I had a bumblebee crawl up my capri pants and sting in back of my knee. OWWWW!
The late-afternoon sun hits the leaves at an angle, making the veins seem to glow. Love that!
Normally I do plein air paintings in a smaller format, such as 8x10", but because these cabbages are so huge, it seems a shame to restrict them to such a small painting. And I'd done 2 similarly-sized cabbage paintings here last year. So I thought it would be good to do them all the same size. And that means using big brushes and painting as fast as possible!