Thursday, September 04, 2008

Illustration Friday: Memories

Summer watermelon memories
hand drawn sketch digitally colored in photoshop with multiple texture layers

When I first read the topic this week my shoulder was hurting, and I was remembering that it was caused by stubbornly needing to carry every bag of groceries in at the same time the night before. I have a thing about not doing multiple trips, and now with the cloth shopping bags that fit a ton of stuff, and have big strong handles I can really pile it on. So, all in one haul I managed to carry 3 liters of 7-up, 2 quarts of Tropicana OJ, 1 gallon of milk, 1 very large head of cauliflower, (I literally gasped with delight when I saw how big and beautiful it was), other various veggies, several 6 oz. Yoplait yogurts, 2 bags of Tollhouse chocolate chips, 2 64oz glass bottles of cranberry juice, some frozen cod, 1 32oz bottle of Strawberry Kefir, and one large seedless watermelon. Needlesstosay, I won't have to go to the store again for a good while. I was going to illustrate this feat, but I lost interest in that idea, and decided to focus on the watermelon which I've been enjoying all week. I've been downright addicted. I've been seasoning it up similar to how my good friend from Mexico introduced me to years ago. I think she sprinkled on Lucas chili seasoning, but since they were found to contain lead a few years ago I haven't bought them, so I made my own recipe.

I just sprinkle on:
a dash of chili powder
a dash of cayenne pepper
a dash of salt
a dash of sugar
a sprinkle of lemon juice

The lemon juice starts to macerate the watermelon, so it needs to be eaten quickly or you'll have more water than melon. It sounds crazy, but it's mmm, mmm good, and really great for my sinuses! I wanted to make sure I enjoyed the goodness of watermelon before summer in this hemisphere is all but a memory.


damon said...

cool drawing i like

Tracy said...

This is adorable! Love it! (I've never had watermelon with seasoning like that! I'll have to try that sometime! THANKS)

SENTA said...

This is gorgeous, what a perfect illustration for this time of year...and I cracked up about how you hate more than one trip, I am the exact same way! It's so hard to turn the doorknob! Anyway I will definitely have to try your recipe, I have never heard of mom likes it with salt, which I thought was different, but this sounds very exciting!

Angela said...

Thanks everyone!

To control the heat on the spicy watermelon go easy on the cayenne. The sugar helps tame it. :)

Senta, Yeah, getting in the door is a tough one. My assigned parking spot is also waaayyy across the parking lot from my apartment. Too far!

Peter Breese said...

Wonderful image, it really captures the sense of Summer just as Fall appears around the corner :).

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful illustration-- love the colors and textures. You do such great work!

RyanLoghry said...

Gorgeous work Angela, very sweet.

ichigo said...

this is so beautiful..thank u for sharing with us~!

Vickie said...

Great illustration. I like the colors and share the memory.

Josh (musarter) said...

Nice "memories." Once again, I like the style on this piece. Great color too.

Paulina Lombardo said...

I like your work is so beautiful, delicate and so full of feelings and emotions, conveys much with the images you get, very beautiful your work, congratulations.