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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today, cooking and planning a painting!

We had extra blueberries which "needed" to be used in a dessert! So, I found this 'best blueberry cobbler" recipe and made it this morning.
I used my gluten free flour mix and so added 1 egg, increasing the baking time to 35 minutes! It is really good...warm with vanilla ice cream?


More kitchen goodness....!.....

Last night a Facebook friend, JeanAnne, showed up on FB in this photo taken of her by her hubby while she was cooking shrimp and grits! So CUTE!
She could inspire a painting!....and I LOVE the red teakettle!

 
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However, I am still enchanted from recently watching the movie "The Hundred Foot Journey", which had lovely French countryside scenery! Here, a scene by a river, she with a bicycle and he a fishing lure....

 
 

I think I will paint her, in a French farm yard with chickens...YES!?

That is the plan for today's art class! Back later with results....maybe on my painting blog!

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[three days later...]. Here is the painting I am working on, I may still make a change or two....will try to glaze and change the shadow on her face.....

 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ART WORK THIS WEEK and a recipe!

You may read about this woman and her creation HERE !

...as I wrote about her emerging from my sketchbook, I was able to "see' some things that she needed!

Now I am about to bake a gluten free blueberry lemon gluten-free dessert....recipe and photos to follow.

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BERRY CREAM CHEESE COFFEE CAKE gluten free

For cake:

I box King Arthur Flour yellow gluten free cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 c soft butter

1/2 c. Buttermilk

1/2 c. Yogurt or sour cream. (Note: you can use 1 c. of any of these instead)

Zest of 1 lemon

Mix well! Use a mixer!

 

Pour into greased pans lined with parchment or wax paper.

Set aside.

FOR CREAM cheese layer:

8 ounces Neufch√Ętel cheese, softened

3 eggs

2/3 c sugar

1/4 c cornstarch

Zest of 1 lemon (note: that makes 2 Lemons!)

Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor. Pour I/2 of the cream chees mixture onto each pan of cake batter.

BERRIES: use any fresh berries you like!

Sprinkle 1 c (or so ) of berries over the top of each pan.

 

CRUMB TOPPING

1 c. Gluten free flour

1/2 c. Sugar, I used Sugar in the Raw...larger crystals, beige color.

1/4 c. Chilled butter, cut in 1/2 inch chunks

Combine in bowl and work with pastry blender or your fingers until it looks like crumbs!

Spread on top of cakes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool and serve. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

 

 

 

Recipe from Stacey Cakes in McCall, ID. Modified to use gluten free cake mix.

 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A day at home....or at least the morning!

Cool morning temperatures make the studio a pleasant place!

So, I plan to paint this morning....then move inside and work on a quilt this afternoon!

Recent paintings---- all this last week! Due to cooler summer weather, I think....

Above: almost finished, just a few more flowers for her basket and more definition for her eye. Then I will stop. Word has it that to retain "freshness" in a painting one must stop before it is too polished!

This one too, sunflowers will only need a little more...background work, petal definition and white reflections on the vase.

This still life with peaches is finished....just needs the signature!

I have paid to join an on-going art group with a teacher, Nadine Ripplemeyer. Her input has been invaluable, and I love having others to paint along side!

Here is a photo Nadine took of me with the painting I was working on a couple of weeks ago...

And here is how that painting changed and is finished at last!

Mush lighter, I realized I do not like too much dark in my paintings....!!!

 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Love those cherries!

 
They are here again....and calling out to be made into something special! And EASY!
(Sketchbook from another summer!)
 

CHERRY CLAFOUTIS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter (3 T.) in the bottom of a 9.5 " pie dish.

Place 2 cups of pitted dark cherries in the bottom of the dish, sprinkle with 1/2 c. Slivered almonds.

set aside.

In a blender combine 1 c. milk ( almond or coconut milks work well), 3 eggs, 1 t. Vanilla, 1/2 c. flour (gluten free if desired), dash of salt, 1/2 c. sugar.

Pour over cherries and almonds in the dish.

Bake for about 1 hour...checking after 45 minutes.....or so.

This is a lovely baked custard dish....

It is dense and smooth, not light and airy.

Delicious warm or chilled, even with whipped cream, too!

P.S. I got my cherry pitter at Bed Bath and Beyond. It is very helpful! I love it for canning jars of brandied cherries too!

 

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The latest apron, from a Kwik Sew pattern. I love how the straps cross in the back, no annoying ties around the neck!

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gardens and more gardens but first a painting.

A technique to see if your painting "works".....analyze it upside down....what is the dominate color? Where is the focal point? Is it balanced?.....etc. this one is acrylic paint with torn paper for real and visual texture.

This is from a photo of my grandson watching TV in his Spider-Man pj's while eating a peanut butter sandwich. :-) I think it is ready to sign and varnish. I added some lime green reflections in his skin caused by those bright red pj's. ...balanced by lime green in the table cloth and fruit bowl. Painting is fun if you love COLOR!

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I sewed a little tote bag yesterday morning, trying out colors which remind me of FRENCH GENERAL.

It will be for sale I at our quilt guild's booth next April, fund raising for the guild!

Now to the gardens....

Sunday I visited my good friend Sally and her husband. both love to garden!

On their estate, this charming little bridge surrounded by day lilies hides in the shadows , but not for long...they are going to paint it bright red!

Nearby - a pear tree is loaded this summer!

A brandy wine tomato is starting to ripen!

They have a chicken house, which is still in the box..LOL! But these fowl are already on the loose!

Easy-care metal chickens....but the eggs are sorely lacking!

cucumber and bean vines in raised beds ....below flowers!

Nearby were 2 plants full of bees! Yeah!

The first the maiden tree....attracts bumble-type big fuzzy bees...

B-z-z-z-z.......

That fuzzy yellow and black thing in the center...that's a bee! While below, the Russian sage plant has lots of honey bees! Can you find this one?

Just to help you, here is an image from the Internet, a bee close-up.

Back at home, in my garden this morning....

I planted this whole package of sunflower seeds in March. Squirrels promptly dug them and ate all but this one--- below --- finally blooming today, mid-July! Love it!

Next year I will start the seeds inside and will have many more survivors!

In another container nearby, these pink mallow flowers are lovely, AND a BEE is visiting (look at the flower on the upper left).

He soon emerged, loaded with pollen! Another bee found this lovely rosy red godetia* blossom, (my iPad camera is too far away to see him well, but he is on the left side in a classic bee pose!)

Across the yard, my lettuce and tomatoes....and my shadow!

The lettuce is about spent.....and the indigo rose tomatoes are starting to ripen!

I will pull up the lettuce and try some of these seeds....winter squash and pumpkins should be planted now for autumn harvest.

Out the door now, to plant!

*also called "farewell to spring"!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good things!

My friend Barbara took this photo of part of a nest (hive) of honey bees which had built a home on her home!

Entomologists from our local university came and moved the hive to a better location.

Honey bees are precious and valuable! I am planning a painting featuring a honey bee....seems I am doing an insect series....Monarch butterfly, honey bee and also plans for a painting of a swallowtail butterfly on lilacs....

I took this photo (above) in our flower bed. Here is the painting so far...

I worked on it just a bit while taking painting with Nadine at her studio, our local Art Location. It will soon have leaves for the zinnia and of course, a large honey bee! The gold paper which I first used in the mixed media textured work below, was just PERFECT for the honeycomb.

This is the other painting I worked on today! Nadine was a wonderful teacher/guide as we decided upon the application of the many layers of this mixed media piece....now I love it!

Don't know how I can wait for next week's class! So much more fun than painting alone in the studio...

 

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