Slow Art, Some Lettuce and a Tangerine – San Francisco


Foods have a special significance during Chinese New Year because of the way the Chinese word for it sounds. The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, it is common to serve a lettuce wrap filled with other lucky food. Tangerines and oranges are passed out during Chinese New Year as the words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth.

Slow Art relates to creating art in a slow way. This practice is about being mindful of detail, valuing the history inherent in re-usable materials, putting time into creating small items. The practice encourages the maker to be naturally meditative as they create.

Early in the morning I decided to write some thank you notes.

Why not make  original drawings of items bought at the Farmer’s Market the day before?

While propping them up on the table to review,  the sun came up – gorgeous light!

I ran to get my camera. Here is the result.

A very productive day and it was only 7 o’clock in the morning.

I kept a dozen drawings with the thought of printing notecards.

Maybe they are the beginning of an Artist’s Book.

Where shall I get them printed?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

14 thoughts on “Slow Art, Some Lettuce and a Tangerine – San Francisco

  1. I love the ethos behind slow art, Carla. Prior to reading your blog I’ve not been introduced to the concept. It makes sense to me, and I am a proponent of the Slow Food Movement, so I can appreciate this without being an artist myself. I love your drawings and the symbolism you’ve shared connected to the Chinese New Year. Such a warm sharing…


  2. Carla, I love your fruit and lettuce drawings. They are inspiring me to draw some myself. Your art and mindfulness is awesome!
    Love the slowness of it all.


    • Hi Lauren!
      When you go to the farmers market look at the food as beautiful works of art then go home and take a few minutes to draw them while the fruits and vegetables are so fresh and new! It’s fun and you really see how beautiful our fresh foods are.
      Hi to Lance.
      Hugs Carla


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