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19 June 2013

Spring Onions from Red Earth Farm (+ My Thoughts on FOOD)

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I love being a member of the CSA at Red Earth Farm because I every week I get tons of beautiful (and delicious) food -- like these stunning spring onions that were just begging to be painted.

Speaking of food—and as someone who paints food basically every day—I want to share this with you. I rarely "endorse" things on my blog, but I'm too excited about it to not share.

I recently completed this 30-day online Raw Food course and it is, by far, one of the most fun, rewarding, and enjoyable things I've ever done. I had been curious about a raw food diet for a long time (for health reasons), but was nervous about my lack of knowledge about raw food & proper nutrition, and also how much work it might be to eat that way (I have never been much of a kitchen-guru).

I just completed the six-week online program, and I had the best time! It is so much easier than I thought it would be, I understand proper food combining, nutrition issues, recipes, and all that... and I feel like I am experiencing foods "for the first time" in learning about raw food. Here I am making kale chips.

If you're curious, I encourage you to check it out (their next course starts soon). It is obviously still new for me, but I can say that I am already seeing first-hand the amazing health and spiritual benefits of a raw vegan lifestyle. I am inspired, I need a lot less sleep, I have more energy than I know what to do with, I am so excited about food, and I feel physically amazing.

And what I want to begin to write about here is something that I didn't expect would happen: all of this energy and excitement is actually spilling over into my daily painting practice—in the ways that I qualitatively relate to my painting subjects. It is especially humbling and inspiring after all these years of painting fruit and vegetables every day. It's complex, nuanced, and a big topic for me, so I'll be writing more about this soon.

Finally, this all relates to the amazing place I recently visited in Arizona (other than Ajo) called the Tree of Life. More on that soon, too.

P.S. This was my own 100% completely unsolicited/unaffiliated post about 30 Days Raw

Spring Onions from Red Earth Farm will be sold by auction that will end at 12:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 26th. View Auction