Saturday, May 22, 2010

by Claire Beadon Carnell
100 Paintings in 100 Days Challenge
'Inspirations from a Back Yard'

Oil 4 X 4

Day 14

Two years ago, I decided to plant strawberries
in one of the raised beds of my vegetable
garden. The twenty plants did well - our first crop
was not large, but we had some wonderful, sweet
strawberries. I was so looking forward to the
next growing season, when I just knew we
were going to have a bumper crop of berries...

Well, much to my surprize, when I went out
that next year to see how my strawberry plants
were faring, I was shocked to see that all of the
plants were gone...and was even more shocked
to find my husband had pulled all of them out
and had disposed of them because he thought
they were weeds...

But miracles do happen...apparently two of the
plants got tossed into one of the other raised beds
and they took root. Both plants put out
berries, so we might even have enough for some
strawberry shortcake...if I decide to share them
with the culprit...

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Carolyn said...

I love the flower peaking out. The berry looks good enough to eat. Great job! Funny story too!

Pat Koscienski said...

That is a funny story. Irina told me Thursday at our paint out, that we must keep the biggest predator out of our gardens....our husbands! LOL Great painting!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thank you, Carolyn and Pat. My husband is only allowed in the garden with adult supervision...
I did have to build a little cage out of netting to protect my strawberries - there are other varmints in there after them now!

Dana Cooper said...

Claire, you are amazing! Not only are you painting these beautiful paintings in 100 days, you are posting kind comments everywhere, thank you!

Barbara said...

The strawberry looks beautiful. I'm glad a couple of your plants survived. This is a very appealing painting.

Debbie said...

Claire, I love your strawberry! I can never seem to paint one with all of the little seeds, it always turns out to look like a polka-dotted strawberry, lol.. but yours is just perfect!!! Enjoyed your story too, since I've done the same thing with other plants in my own garden!

Earthula said...


pretty good producing weeds!

SYLVIANE said...

Funny story, and nice strawberries!

martinealison said...

Magnifique travail que le rendu de ces fraises... Belle peinture.
J'aime aussi l'histoire qui s'y rapporte! Oh la la ces maris! Le mien avait tondu les lys qui pointaient le nez! et arraché les oeillets...
En ce moment dans ma propriété les fraises des bois rougissent un peu partout... à mon plus grand plaisir.
Merci pour votre gentil mot laissé sur mon blog.
Bisous et excellent week-end à vous.

AutumnLeaves said...

How cool to show both the flower and the fruit! Just so lovely and refreshing, Claire! That is so something my husband would do!

Delilah said...

Oh I love the little white blossom, so sweet and I like the title of your challenge paintings from the back yard. Isn't that where our heart really is.

Ruth said...

Claire, Kudos to you for persevering with your quest. I can imagine how your mouth watered for some fresh strawberry shortcake. What a let down. Stuff happens though and we just have to pick ourselves up and make something out of it like anticipation of the 2 surviving plants supplying enough for this year's fresh dessert. Neat painting of the strawberry.

r garriott said...

Very charming!

Cyndy Carstens said...

Strawberries are one of my favorite foods! And your story made me chuckle - something my own husband would do. Your rendition of the berries is striking and mouthwatering at the same time. Nice. Can't wait to see what you will paint next. Have a great week. Cyndy

Melanie Rawlings said...

Great work!

beckielboo said...

Good job, I love the 100-challenges and you are doing Great, I love your choices! I can't wait to follow along now that I realized what you are up too.
beckielboo (Beckie)

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments!

Rosemary said...

Love your composition and your greens! The little strawberry with it's little blossom are perfect! I'm so impressed with your challenge - what an inspiration you are!


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