Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Still Life Painting, Leek Soup, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Leek Soup

Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?

I propped these beauties up so that they were leaning on an orange/yellow tea towel that I draped over my tea pot (I know, I know... do I own anything other than orange tea towels?)

Leeks are related to the onion family, but have a sweeter, more sophisticated  flavor than their close relatives.  Looking like a scallion on steroids, leeks have blueish green leaves which grow in an overlapping fan shape, adding to their decorative appearance.  Cultivated since the time of the Ancient Egyptian, leeks were highly prized by the Romans who considered the leek a superior veggie, and the Emperor Nero believed that eating leeks would improve his singing voice.  

I'll let you know if I can sing any better after dinner tonight...



Debbie Shirley said...

Yum! Love leek soup! Lovely painting, too ;-)

Gwen Bell said...

These look so good! Love your use of dark blue in the stalks and the palest lilac in the bulbs. And the entire thing is so perfect on the orange teatowel.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Love this, Kim. Great work!