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Friday, May 31, 2019

"Beets me," red chiles please

"Red Chiles," 5 x 7 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
I'm not real fond of beets, but....
"Beet Red," was the last color-a-day #watercolor challenge prompt from #doodlewashMay2019.
Excuse me, I prefer red chiles, hanging on an a ristra from a viga on an adobe wall in the New Mexico sunlight.
Nothing against beets, and if you doctor them enough, ok...but red chiles need no doctoring. In fact they are the seasoning for all kinds of food, even "red" hot meals.
Don't tell me they're not "beet red." How many shades of red are there in a beet, anyway? Ditto for red chiles, especially in the strong Southwestern light and high altitude dry air,  in the shadows.
I've tried to bring ristras  back here and hang them on the outdoor lights, but the humidity soon makes them rot. So I have to dream about them--and store red chile powder in the frig. 
And paint them. #WorldWatercolorGroup



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