|Julie Townsend Studio||
It has been my desire, with each piece I paint, to capture your imagination, strike a sweet chord with your own childhood memories or tell an interesting visual story that grabs your attention.
My mother always had a large garden plot that she put out vegetables in each spring and then we would reap the benefits come summer as we would start the harvesting the best tasting produce you can imagine. The memory of the taste of fresh snapped green beans and tiny new potatoes cooked up with a piece of ham in mom's old cast iron skillet still makes my mouth water today. I've made that comfort dish numerous times for my family but it has just never been the same. Mom would tell us kids to go out to the garden and pick green beans, radishes, cucumbers, squash or tomatoes to add to our dinner that most often consisted of a fried meat of some kind, mashed potatoes and gravy.
I can also remember that I always had a pair of rubber boots to wear to protect my shoes from the snow, slush and deep mud. For the area to be so green there must be lots of rain. Way more rain that we have here in Las Vegas. Most of us can barely justify owning an umbrella let alone buying full on rain gear for our children. We also called those rubber boots "galoshes" and I remember having red ones that matched a red raincoat and hat with little yellow daisies printed on it. I was quite stylish as I made my way to school in the rain.
In keeping with my other pieces in the series, I added the blue morning glories and tall grass along with several hidden creatures. See if you can find two tiny baby cotton tail rabbits, a fat toad and a nest of quail eggs. They are there, I promise.