Salad Days

With Dad up in Wisconsin, convalescing from his recent hip surgery, it was inevitable that one of these days I was going to have to bite the bullet and deal with the lawn, back here at home.

But before I got out the “big guns” (i.e., the lawnmower—which I barely remembered how to use from last summer), I thought I’d try the kinder, gentler, free salad bar approach that had worked so well up in Madison recently. (If goats and sheep can trim a lawn, then why not hungry cats and mice?)
Salad Days

The mood for our luncheon was festive and fun: I rounded up the tastiest assortment of gourmet salad dressings I could find. Giselle prepared her famous homemade croutons with asiago cheese. And when Charlotte heard about the breathtaking bird of paradise arrangement that her friends Bea and Dennis had sent to Dad up at rehab, she insisted we find some to decorate the “table.” —Which we did.

Lawn Illustration by Jean Tuttle
In the meantime, a freelance illustration assignment had come in for me on lawn care.  Quite a happy coincidence: While they all munched, I slipped off my shoes and drew.

Here’s my final drawing—which will look even better when it’s printed, I think (i.e., once the headline and body copy are dropped into that empty white hole).

And just for fun, here are a couple other illustrations I’ve done for the Hartford Courant’s Home section in the past year, that also featured green, growing things. —Which I find much more fun to look at and to draw than to deal with in real life. (Ha—no surprise there!)

Hartford Courant Home Section Illustrations

Best wishes on a late Tuesday night, and may there be plenty of salad days ahead for us all!

About Jean Tuttle

Jean Tuttle is a Chicago-area illustrator, designer, and doodler.
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2 Responses to Salad Days

  1. Richard says:

    These look great!

  2. Jean Tuttle says:

    Thanks so much, Richard—glad you liked!

    It was funny that I was working on this 0n-the-lawn doodle when the lawn illustration assignment came in. Kind of had to shift my thinking a bit as to how to draw grass in a tighter, more graphic way — I’ve gotten so used to just scribbling it in for these cat doodles.

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