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Art for National Watermelon Day

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day and I've chosen a few art works, including one of my own, to mark this unofficial food holiday.

Still Life with Watermelon, Pineapple and other Fruits,  oil on canvas, Albert Eckhout, Dutch painter active in 17th century Brazil

Still Life with Watermelon, Pineapple and other Fruits, oil on canvas, Albert Eckhout, Dutch painter active in 17th century Brazil

Hoosick Street The Summer Kitchen,  colored pencils, strawberry sepal, acrylic interference paint        Ellen Halloran, American artist, 2018

Hoosick Street The Summer Kitchen, colored pencils, strawberry sepal, acrylic interference paint      

Ellen Halloran, American artist, 2018

Still Life with Watermelon, Pears, and Grapes    oil on canvas, Lily Martin Spencer, American artist, 1860

Still Life with Watermelon, Pears, and Grapes   oil on canvas, Lily Martin Spencer, American artist, 1860

Thoughts on an Annual Tradition

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

It's almost Halloween and so it's time for the annual "guess how much this pumpkin weighs" contests.  You find them all over the country - in stores and farmers' markets and parking lots.  Sometimes it's just a large pumpkin sitting in the back of a pickup truck.  This one, like so many enormous pumpkins, seems to have almost collapsed under its own weight.  I wonder if this is the one that cartoon character Charlie Brown is always waiting for - The Great Pumpkin!  Wait a minute!  I think that Cinderella didn't make it home on time and the glitzy golden coach was turned back into a splendid and real orange pumpkin.  A pumpkin like this one will make many pies and custards and make many people happy. 

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Still Life with Watermelon, Pears, and Grapes

Added on by Ellen Halloran.

This painting by Lilly Martin Spencer is in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  It is oil on canvas and is assumed to have been painted around the year 1860.  I love the balance of rich colors, the detail of texture given to the surface on which the fruit rests, and the top of the watermelon which appears to have been bitten in enjoyment.

 

I need to make a correction to my post of February 15th.  It's true that Lilly was painting right up until the time of her death, at her easel, but she died in New York City, not in Highland, New York.  She is buried next to her husband, Benjamin Rush Spencer, in Highland. 

 

Nearly every day of the year is a national food holiday here in the United States.  August 3 is National Watermelon Day.  Foods from apples to popcorn to zucchini all have their own commemorative day - sometimes a whole month will be dedicated to a particular food.   For some reason that I don't understand, National Watermelon Day is celebrated in August but July is National Watermelon Month.

Still Life with Watermelon, Pears, and Grapes    by Lilly Martin Spencer (circa 1860)

Still Life with Watermelon, Pears, and Grapes   by Lilly Martin Spencer (circa 1860)