Aliens in the Garden: Sea Tomato and a Deep Water Diver (illustration)

Young garden tomatoes?Young Garden Tomatoes illustration in ink watercolor and ink by Jacque Oman ClintonOr newly discovered sea creatures?

"Aliens in the Garden: Sea Tomato and Scuba Diver" - tomato illustration in ink and watercolor by Jacque Oman ClintonIt’s a rather whimsical thing, either way you see it.

(But if you prefer undersea adventure, you’re in luck, because you can buy prints of this one in my shop on Etsy!)

"Aliens in the Garden: Sea Tomato and Scuba Diver" illustration by Jacque Oman Clinton

“Aliens in the Garden: Sea Tomato and Scuba Diver”, watercolor and ink

print of the original pen and ink illustration by Jacque Oman Clinton

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Brought to You From Green Meadows Farm: Beets and Radishes!

My husband and I have been enjoying the first few weeks of our summer produce share from a local CSA, Green Meadows Farm. This week’s share featured various greens, a handful of garlic scapes, a pint of organic strawberries, and a stoic cucumber. All were delicious, but I have to say, it was the beets and radishes that stole the show. Why? Well… (excuse my shallowness)…because they are BEAUTIFUL!

This week’s share also brought with it a miracle. That’s right friends, a miracle! Here’s how it played out:

Rewind to a few weeks ago, when I bought some beets from the grocery store and roasted them for dinner. Upon sitting down to eat, I discovered, to my shock and dismay, that I could not STAND the taste of beets anymore! Thus ensued an identity crisis in which I was forced to grapple with some big existential questions. Who was I without beets? What monster had I become? Was it possible that I…Jacque…the SUPREME Lover of Beets, would henceforth have to be called Jacque, Supreme Lover of All Vegetables EXCEPT Beets? Oh the turmoil. It was tough.

Then we got this week’s vegetable share from the farm, and my heart broke when I saw the beets. For 4 days I avoided eating them, choosing, instead, to commune with them artistically. Finally, this morning, a revelation came down from the sky (it WAS thundering, after all):

Put the beets in your oatmeal.” 

So I washed one, shredded it with the grater, and cooked it into my morning porridge (along with some other good stuff).

And — joy and jubilation — my heart of stone was made alive once more. For it was delicious, and beautiful to boot.

The end.

Beets_Sketch(And just for kicks, here are the radishes):

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Just Some Ants and Hot Peppers

This watercolor painting was inspired by the three jalapeños that were sitting on my kitchen counter. I never got around to actually cooking with them, so they just sat there and got old. As time passed, one turned orange and one turned red. So, I arranged them, vertically, like a stop light and painted them. The cat ants were added later, just for kicks.

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