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MONDAY MONTAGE. Tastes of Summer. I’m still without upload capabilities for my most recent photos and frustrated because images on blogs can function as more than entertainment or enhancements—they can complement and serve the content. I’m eager to learn more about graphic design after reading “David Carson Rules,” a blog article by Joel Pelsue.

Unfinished Projects was my theme last week. If you know me, you probably guessed which project I chose to work on. Answer: BOTH. Side by side, using the same color palette, I finished the “old” one AND the small “new” one! Not sure when I’ll be able to post them.

Let me share a recipe I’m planning to try this week: Sunshine Tomato Dressing! Don’t you just love the name! Reminds me of a Paul Cezanne quote, “Long live the sun which gives us such color.” Wonder if he was standing in a vegetable and flower garden when he penned that in his sketchbook. . . .

I’ll need to half the recipe because my hubby’s garden is not (yet) that robust! It’ll be yummy poured over Spring Greens and Feta. With basil from our garden, too. I started searching for new tomato recipes because the peak of our harvest is on the horizon. Found this one in a Susan Branch book. I’ve always loved her watercolor illustrations. Gave my daughter-in-law Juliane SB’s Vineyard cookbook some years ago. Recently copied some recipes out of it for myself.

Sunshine Tomato Dressing! Put all ingred. in a glass bowl or jar, cover tightly and set it in the sun for 4-5 hrs. Keep in the fridge but serve at room temp. 8 vine-ripened garden tomatoes, roughly chopped; 3 cloves garlic put through press; 3 shallots chopped; 1C. fruity olive oil; 1/4C. balsamic vinegar; 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped; 1 tsp. sugar; pepper & salt.
[recipe in THE SUMMER BOOK, Susan Branch’s “From the Heart of the Home” series]

How many shades of red summer vegetables can you think of? A trip to the Farmer’s Market can be a visual delight! Just picturing them in my mind inspires me to experiment with my reds–Cadmium, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose and Winsor Red.

Author: Bonnie Porter

Bonnie Porter is an artist who lived in Europe and now resides in Atlanta. A part-time art teacher who paints and creates with a love of color, line and composition, drawing on inspiration from everywhere.

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