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Monday, November 8, 2021

The Colors of Chili Season

"The Colors of Chili Season," 5 x 5 acrylic on canvas

 Autumn and winter are chili seasons.

But for me, not the much ballyhooed Tex-Mex varieties. While my children take part in various chili cook offs, I've only done that a couple of times...and lost.

Because, mine isn't complicated, but different.

No chili powder from the grocery store here. Yes, I'll use ground beef, or chili meat, and other ingredients fairly common, some others of which I won't mention.

But there is always chili powder from New Mexico...primarily from red chili ristras, drying in the sun on an adobe wall. We have a special place in Chimayo where we buy ours--mild, medium and hot.

So as chili season approaches, depending on our roller coaster temps these days, be sure that our stash will fill the house with unique aroma, along with some cornbread and tortillas, and maybe some posole.

So this little acrylic can't capture the taste or aroma, but it does the spirit and colors of chili season.

Soon available at @InYourEyeStudio&Gallery in @PaseoArtsDistrict.

 

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