30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day Three: “Del’s Freakin’ Rocks”


Del's Freakin Rocks

One of the greatest things in the world, according to many a Rhode Islander: Del’s frozen lemonade. Cool. Refreshing. Iconic.

The elegant green and yellow Del’s cup caught my eye on a hot summer’s day a couple years ago at the Newport Jazz Festival. Who uses those two colors so effectively? The Green Bay Packers, the Oakland A’s, the University of Oregon and Del’s. That’s about it.

This classic beverage is found all over Rhode Island, and no summer is official without it. This is a state by-law, I think.

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can order on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one will be 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board, and made with watercolors, gouache paint and/or ink.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What goodies would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you miss the most? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Tomorrow’s painting: The Brooklyn Hipster’s Favorite Animal.

Yesterday’s painting: “Pipin’ Hot Java.”


"Pipin' Hot Java"



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5 responses to “30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day Three: “Del’s Freakin’ Rocks”

  1. Fantastic.
    Had to say so.
    looking forward.

  2. ETR


    These are awesome! What a great idea. I heard about you from Michael Stern over at Roadfood. I’ve been working on a regional food compilation myself:

    How about Its-It Ice Cream sandwiches from San Francisco:


    • Excellent idea. I lived in SF for two years (Hayes Valley) and had forgotten about It’s Its! But those were a couple of hazy years, there, so what I forgot could probably fill Sonoma Valley.

      Hey, I like you site and I’m glad you gave Vernor’s a shout-out, from my home state of Michigan. They changed the recipe in the 80s or 90s, but “when I was a kid” that stuff was so strong it would make you sneeze your eyeballs out.

  3. ETR

    You’ve got me laughing throughout your comment. Anything I’m missing from Michigan, I’ve got Vernors, Pasties and the Coney Island Dog….

    I’ve had that “pop the top” sneeze experience from Vernors before 🙂

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