Thursday, September 8, 2011

Stacy and the Giant Peach

sketch of "giant" peach
Inktense pencils in Moleskine watercolor sketchbook
©2011 Stacy L. Rowan

Yesterday I stopped at a farm stand in our area that I hadn't been to before. I knew it was there and had driven by it on numerous occasions, but it was just one of those places I was going to stop "someday".

Since I wasn't able to make it to our normal farmers' market last weekend and was nearly out of fresh produce, I decided to give this "new to me" place a try. And am I glad I did!

I was pleasantly surprised by their selection. Everything looked so fresh and delicious. But what stood out most were the containers of peaches.

They are some of the largest peaches I have ever seen!

Honestly the largest ones are at least 3.5 inches in diameter. I kid you not. That is a BIG peach.

I wanted to sketch the peach next to some other object that, by comparison, would give you an indication of the peach's size, but I couldn't think of anything that didn't seem totally random. So instead I sketched the giant peach by itself. Which doesn't make for as good a story, but it's all I got.

Not only are these the biggest peaches I've ever seen, they are also the best tasting peaches I've ever eaten.

This good news has me looking up peach containing recipes for something I can serve to my guests at the Open Studio. I found some contenders which I'll be trying out over the next couple of days. Nothing too fancy (because fancy can mean difficult). Just good, delicious peachy-ness.

Man I really hope this "new to me" farm stand still has peaches next week. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)

About the sketch: This sketch was done in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook using a small set of Inktense pencils. I really like how vibrant the colors are, especially after wetting them with a waterbrush. I added dry pencil on top to give the sketch some texture. I think I like these pencils better than watercolor pencils, but they do take a little bit more care when wetting them, because once they dry there is no moving that color!

About the Open Studio: You can find out more about my upcoming Open Studio here.


JoAnn said...

I am not much of a pie maker (never make my own crust) but I made a pie TWICE last week. Peaches were one of the fruits in it, but you could use ONLY peaches if you wanted. Easy and delicious. Here is the recipe:

Jennifer Rose said...

fresh fruit is great and its always nice to find another place to get it :)

Stacy said...

JoAnn, that pie looks yummy. Truth is I have NEVER made a pie. Sad isn't it. But that recipe seems easy enough that maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

Jennifer, I am so happy to have another place to buy good fresh fruit. Even in the summer the stuff they sell here in the grocery store is not so good.