Tuesday, September 4, 2007


9/3: Parsnips, oil on hardboard, approx. 4x9 in.

Painted this on a long panel I made a few weeks ago, and I quite like how it turned out - sort of austere and basic, as I sometimes like things to be. And I think I managed to simplify most parts, focusing on the form and not getting all caught up in detail.

I looked up the etymology of "parsnip" and found it doesn't trace back very far: Middle English pas(se)nepe, apparently going back through Old French to Latin pastinaca (parsnip, carrot), and influenced by nepe - as the parsnip was considered a kind of turnip.

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