Thursday, September 26, 2013

I have a website!

Hey there!

So.
I have a website!

With a blog and everything. Which means this blog will be going dormant for the time being. Hop on over to adriana-gallo.com to keep up with me and my work. See you there!

-A

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Heirlooms

I've been painting these little paintings all summer. They kind of feel like portraits to me. My favorites are the ones of heirloom tomatoes. I can't decide if I should be doing something more with them or just enjoying them for what they are. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Eggs on Eggs on Eggs


Now that I've been back in my parents house in Massachusetts for a couple months, I can officially say that one of the best parts of being 'home' is unlimited access to fresh eggs from these ladies. I can't even begin to explain the difference, the whole egg just holds together like the cutest little package. And I have yet to need to put salt on my eggs, the yolk is just so flavorful. Anyway, enjoy the little oil painting above! I'm sure there will be more, for that one I gave myself about an hour (eep!)

Have a lovely day.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oysters and Clams

DISCLAIMER: I am in fact a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I have been for 10 years now. Basically I don't eat meat or fish but I'm a-okay with cheese and eggs which I generally try to source locally or, in the case of eggs, from my Mom's chickens. I strongly believe in a 'locavore' mentality above all, whatever that means. An organic strawberry from Mexico is going to have a significantly larger impact on the environment than a conventionally farmed carrot from a nearby farm. I also have a great respect for the farmers and artisans who work hard for often little in return just to provide me with some of the yummiest and best products a girl can ask for. 

The reason why I'm mentioning this is I was fortunate enough to be drawing the piles of beautiful seafood and veggies at Matunuck Oyster Farm's stand at the Pawtucket Farmer's market a little while back when the man working the stand noticed I had been lingering for quite a while. He offered to open a couple of the little guys up for me to see inside. I really couldn't say no and I wasn't disappointed. The clam had a beautiful apricot and pale pink interior and the oyster was a strange grey with just hints of warm pinks and ochres under its slippery skin. Then, to my surprise, he offered me the oyster to try. I had never had an oyster and was faced with about 2 seconds to decide just how important it was to me to be able to say "I've gone X-number of years without eating any kind of meat". I realized just how silly that sounded and that by trying the oyster I was subscribing to a much more principally sound argument for sustainable agriculture and food systems of all kinds. So tipped the little guy into my mouth and was pleased to experience my first sweet, briny hit of oyster. When he offered me the chance to taste a raw clam I decided to go all in even after his warning of it being "an acquired taste". He needn't have mentioned it, if anything I liked it better than the oyster! 





The reason I bring this up now is I finally got around to making a couple little paintings of the culprits from some sketches and photos I had taken. Each was completed in about an hour, just enough time to meditate a little on the experience. Maybe some more seafood paintings will be in my future!

a sweet, slippery oyster


a pretty littleneck clam