Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Library Exhibit and Too Many Tomatoes

Whew!  My paintings are finally all framed and hung at the Glen Ellyn Library for the month of September.  As most artists know, getting one's work ready for a show is usually more work than actually painting.  I'm one of those artists who would rather be in the studio, happily creating, than anything else.  
I like how my husband hung my paintings.  He cleverly separated my Impressionist work from my Tonalist work.  I think he did a great job.
We had some extra space at the end, near the wall.  So I thought I'd bring in some of my older pastel work.  Of course, soft pastels need to be under glass, so all you see is glare in some of these.
Here's a sample of just a few of the tomatoes we have on hand right now.  There are many more bags in the downstairs refrigerator.  There's always a  HUGE influx of tomatoes at this time of year.  These are too small to make tomato sauce.  I was thinking of making batches of salsa and freezing them.  Does anyone have any more ideas on what to do with all these tomatoes?


Jill Berry said...

Your show looks great!!!
~All hung up there together~
like a meeting of various old friends.
Congratulations on the achievement~ such nice work!

Have you painted any tomatoes lately? I spot a few interesting characters in there...the orange one in the back, the large red one to the left...a still-life waiting to happen...

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Congrats on the exhibition. Your husband did a wonderful job of hanging your work. Very nice.

Oh how I remember all the tomatoes from this time of year. My mom would can them (stewed tomatoes, I think)....seems like a lot of work, but the reward was enjoying them during the winter months. Salsa sounds yummy!

Anonymous said...

Janelle, Your work looks great all hung together like that. ...... Especially your latest one.... Way to go!
Have you thought about tomato chutney?

Pam Holnback said...

The show looks amazing! Great job. In Colorado we never get that many vine ripened tomatoes! Our nights are too cold.

Karen said...

Your work looks fantastic up there!! Congrats, Janelle!

I was thinking of salsa, with lots of hot peppers. Or, I've been juicing a lot lately, and you could make some delicious tomato juice with all those.
yes, after you paint them. :)

willow said...

Your artwork looks amazing! Very classy exhibit.

Wow, those tomatoes are beautiful. My sister has an excellent salsa recipe. Here's the link:


Thanks for your kind comment about my poem. I would love to publish a book! :^)

loriann said...

Hi Janelle! You work looks impressive, all those beauties hung together. Wow! Congratulations!

susan hong-sammons said...

your show looks fantastic. I'll have to grab Karen for a ride over so that we can see them in-person

Janelle Goodwin said...

Jill - It's interesting for me to see my paintings actually hung together. I don't have that kind of wall space in my house. My daughter read your "interesting characters" comment and laughed. Thanks!

Kathleen - I'm lucky to have a husband who is willing to help with the shleping and hanging. Oh, that sounds like such a good memory of your Mom making stewed tomatoes. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!

Maggie - I was so inspired by your moon shot that I've been trying to get one with my camera and tripod at night. Tomato chutney? Sounds yummy. Thanks!

Pam - Maybe no vine ripened tomatoes, but you get that amazing scenery. You're so lucky! Thanks!

Karen - Yes, we have lots of hot peppers too. I think today will be salsa day. I can just imagine what you could paint with all these tomatoes from seeing your recent radishes, etc. Thanks!

Willow - I checked out your sister's blog and her recipe looks amazing. I need to get into canning, I think. Yes, you should definitely write that book. I'll be first in line to buy it. Thanks!

Loriann - Thanks! And I can't wait til our Magic Hours class starts!

Susan - If you do get the chance to see my exhibit, I simply have to meet you two in person! That's so sweet of you. Thanks!

neetzy said...

Your show looks amazing. That is a beautiful library building.

I suggest making a nice Gazpacho. The chilled Spanish tomato soup. I always make it with my September tomatoes. (I have a tomato label on my blog).

Janelle Goodwin said...

Neetzy - I checked your blog and it seems you had too many tomatoes too:). Okay, now I think I know what to do with these things. I need to start being more creative in the kitchen - not just on canvas!

Betsy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I saw your lovely face on my followers list and had to come and see you! :)

I just posted about my canning salsa, if you are interested!

And I must say that I'm totally mesmerized by your paintings! What a wonderful sense of accomplishment to have them on exhibit on your library! The library building itself it gorgeous, too!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Betsy, Thanks for stopping to see my blog! Yes, I'll be making your salsa, especially the "green" variety. Your deviled eggs look yum too (my favorite)!

José said...


I like the natural colours and perspective of your landscapes.

Best rgeards,


Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow! Those tomatoes, how wonderful. Janelle, your show at the library looks AWESOME!!! And your husband hung it for you?? He's a keeper!