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Blueberries in my Nature Sketchbook
© Laure Ferlita, All Rights Reserved

In my artistic life, serendipity has a lot of presence. What do I mean? I mean I'm open to allowing things to happen that aren't planned for or even expected. Saturday, Chris and I went to lunch and then headed over to another part of town to check out an art show. On our way there, we passed a "u-pick" blueberry farm! By the time we realized what it was we were well past it, nor did we get a look at their sign to see what days and hours they were open.

No problem, we decided that after we left the art show, we would swing back by. As it turned out they had been open on Friday and they were open on Saturday with no further days listed. We decided to turn in. Was it in our plans? No. Were we prepared? No, not really. We went anyway. Well, it's a small world and Chris knew the woman that was running the farm! We had a very nice visit as well as the opportunity to take all the photos I could possibly want! Yippee!

I took a ton of photos, got ant bit (I was wearing sandals) and sunburnt (I was wearing a tank top), and I had a ball! In talking with the nice folks, I found out they would be open again on Tuesday, after the berries had a chance to ripen up again. Guess where I'll be Tuesday morning with my sketchbook and camera? This is serendipity!

The painting above was done in my sketchbook. I started it last night at about 9:30 and things went south. Since I was tired and had a list of other things to do, I stopped and started again this afternoon. For a sketch it's fine, but I'm thinking of doing a finished painting with blueberries in crystal to go with the cherries I've done.

P.S. We bought a pint of fresh berries already picked and brought them home and baked them in a cake -yum!!!


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11 Creative Thought(s)

  1. Yum is right! A blueberry cake...mmmm! I like the sweet rendering of the blueberries. It makes me think of summer!

  2. Oh, your painting of them is fabulous, Laure. I used to help someone I know pick tons and tons of blueberries, and when I had myself in a kind of "zone" after a while, it hit me just how magnificently beautiful they are when they are all shades of pink, blue, purple and green--you completely captured that in them. Just stunning.

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! The blueberries are lovely. Aren't all berries beautiful? And they taste great too...ahhh....

  4. Ah - I can relate to your tale of being out fruit picking -- or just being in the presence of the plants. This is also the first time I've seen blueberries on the plant, and I thank you for showing it to me. Enjoy painting some more images.

  5. Thanks, everyone, for the kind comments!

    Oh, lucky you, Sue, getting to pick berries. We had a strawberry farm when I was growing up so I can relate!

    Yes, Teresa, I do think berries are quinessential summer tastes!

    Claire, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope to make it back today for more photos when the berries are more plentiful. I'll post some more images if I do!

  6. Your sketches look more like finished paintings - so beautiful and softly painted. What a carefree and spontaneous day you had too!

  7. THank you, Krista! It was a very fun day!

  8. They look so fresh! I'm just getting hungry looking at them. Yummm...
    Very nice Laure. Enjoy your painting outside!

  9. My first visit. Wish I'd found you earlier. Great blog.

  10. Sounds yummy! Reference pics, a good time, and tasty berries! Oh and the art show, what a great day!

  11. Your blueberries are beautiful! Ours are way behind yours... still green, not even a hint of rose or purple on the berries yet. The bushes are loaded, and since we have over a dozen and they're about 12 foot high we'll spend every Saturday July through early August picking and freezing blueberries. Not sure if I'd call that serendipity or forced labor! :-)


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