If I Were a Beer Brewer…

…I would be in Seventh Heaven here, watching my hops vine climb merrily over the fence, across the neighbor’s deck, and up onto their garage roof.  I may not be able to keep a sunflower plant from being chewed to bits by unknown cooties, but my hops are phenomenal!


We’ve reached the point in the Willamette Valley spring where if you don’t like the weather, just wait an hour… anything goes!  The sky was gorgeous one warm afternoon last week, here seen from under the bridge just south of Corvallis: 

"Willamette Spring", mixed media by Kerry McFall

“Willamette Spring”, mixed media by Kerry McFall

The week before that, a mean little hailstorm attacked my baby lettuces, but they survived with bruises and spots.  

"Hailstorm Sketch", mixed media by Kerry McFall

“Hailstorm Sketch”, mixed media by Kerry McFall

Now the question becomes, did I jump the gun this morning and plant my tomatoes too soon?  Time will tell.  In the meantime, I’m just sketching away every day, finishing up assignments for my online Sketchbook Skool, and preparing for the next class.  Here are a few of my recent sketches:

2 thoughts on “If I Were a Beer Brewer…

  1. kerry

    Joan – As far as I know, the only thing hops are used for is making beer. I’m sure I’ll be drawing them again this fall once the little hop cones appear – they’re pretty. And the vine is really very pretty I think, it’s a good summer cover for an ugly old fence separating our driveway from our neighbor’s deck. Come September when the cones ripen, the whole yard smells like beer!

  2. Joan T

    What do you use the hops for besides beer? I like your sketch of the hailstorm. Glad it didn’t harm anything too much. Looks like you are enjoying your classes.

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