Barley Fields by Wendy Jones
"I enjoy painting plants growing in large masses or in whole fields. In these small paintings I wanted to retain some detail in the barley and also give a feeling of space."
"Barley is a nutritionally dense food. The Latin name for barley is Hordeum vulgare. Low in calories and not as starchy as wheat or rice, barley presents a balance of complex carbohydrates, proteins and an assortment of vitamins and minerals. It provides you dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron, copper, manganese and selenium, promoting more efficient metabolism and providing stronger immunity against various diseases.
Barley is one of the first grains domesticated, even before wheat was cultivated, and it can grow in harsh conditions. Barley originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. Sadly, it is not much used as a food, but more as an animal feed."