On the Cob – Day 10 Strada Easel Challenge

"On the Cob", 6x8, oil on canvas panel, © Nelia Harper
“On the Cob”, 6×8, oil on canvas panel, © Nelia Harper (Sorry for the glare.)


I love harvest time.  For as long as I can remember, my father planted a large garden.  And, he still does.  I loved to help him.   As I placed corn kernels, hunks of potato, and tiny onions in the ground, a feeling of hope and promise filled me.  I marveled at the straight rows, and the little seeds that grew into giants.  Planting miniature versions of vegetables felt like a million little possibilities

In August, we could start to pick the corn.  Pulling away the husk, was like unwrapping a present.  Under the papery wrapper, rows and rows of sweet kernels waited for a slather of butter and salt.  We devoured those ears of corn on the cob.  Fresh green beans, cucumber salad, and baby potatoes completed any meal.  Even though I don’t have a large garden, I still love to plant seeds, and see those little seeds reach for the sun.  Especially love it when I can step outside to ‘pick dinner.

Although I didn’t pick this ear of corn from my garden, I still delight in knowing that a seed created this ear of corn.  And, there’s nothing like the taste of fresh corn on the cob, slathered in butter and salt!

If you want to see all of my pieces created for the challenge (to date), you can head on over to Instagram or Facebook.  And, use the hashtag #stradaeasel to see what others are up to in the Strada Easel Challenge.  Or, you can click “previous post” to see the earlier paintings from last week.  Enjoy!

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