Friday, February 24, 2012

On My Worktable

I have not been painting too long- but I have  found out why some watercolor artists get more than one project going at a time! It's because you must wait for your paper to dry between adding colors, so you won't end up with mud. I have three new projects to work on now, plus reworking an older one- so at this moment in time I have two pictures on my worktable. Here's a sneak peek for you if you're interested! One is of my little boy, and one is of a little poinsettia plant I had at Christmas- I am thinking of putting together a little calendar and using the poinsettia in it.

I know you will not be able to read the paper on my table, but it is a compilation of things I learned at the art workshop I attended last year at Mitchell Tolle's Studio in Kentucky.  Some of the WORDS OF WISDOM are:

Allow yourself to fail!

God gives gifts to men to focus us.
-Bruce Wilkinson

Become a student of light.

Slow down in your execution!

Don't trust just what you see.
Remember it's not all what you see-
it's what you know.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fun- -ny Valentine

My blogging mechanism is behaving sluggishly lately. Can't seem to get in the mood to post! But here's a report of our Valentine's Day ForWhomItMayConcernAndInterest.

I woke up on the special day with a headache of all things. My dear hubby had left for work about 6:30am and came back later in the morning to bring me...a single long-stemmed red rose! Since we homeschool, the children were home. I called Julia into my bedroom to take my flower into the kitchen and "put it in some water please- I'll put it in a vase later." Well, later when I felt like rising and shining,  I went into the kitchen to find...

She had pulled the rose out of its wrapping backwards and all the petals fell off! Ohhh, she felt so bad about it-my husband told me later- that she ran into her bedroom, got into the bed, and pulled the covers up over her head and CRIED! He enjoyed going in to comfort and cuddle her and tell her it was ok...I was glad I took it well when I walked in to see what had happened. I was able to appreciate the humor of the situation and not be very disappointed. We told her it would make us a funny memory!

So I got a doily out and "arranged" a little centerpiece...

This is not the "vase" I would have chosen...this is an old glass bottle with one of those old zinc lids. I use it for a water bottle occasionally and Julia had seen it on the cabinet.

We decided to take the children out for lunch for a special treat for them, so we all met at Pizza Hut. I had made homemade valentines for them and Dear Hubby, so I brought those along for them to open after we ate the pizza buffet.

waiting for Dad to arrive...
we went from home and he came in from his route
to meet us

David's card said on the inside,
"Have a dino-mite Valentine's Day"
the chocolate hearts were taped on the dino's back

This is what I put together for Julia...

And here's my hubby's homemade card
With his card, I had a bag of the cheese crackers 
shaped like fish! instead of candy...

When we got home after our lunch outing, David could still throw snowballs at us- there was still plenty of snow left on the ground to make some pretty good ones.

We knew that in the evening it would be hard to get into a restaurant without a long wait, so we opted to stay home and celebrate just the two of us on some other day. Lo and behold, two days later our pastor and his wife wanted to come see us. We asked them for supper, and they brought a "valentine" for all of us- Brother Leslie made banana bread in a heart-shaped pan, and Sister Sylvia brought strawberries and whipped cream to serve with it!

I did a little splurging myself and bought a small package of tulips to replace my shattered rose! LOL I knew Sister Sylvia would enjoy the flowers. We have ALL been enjoying them- I think my husband and son like to see them as much as I do. Really, Julia hasn't mentioned them much...

AND I am finally getting back into my artwork! I have several projects to work on now. This makes me feel a lot better about myself. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Book Excerpt- A Thousand Days In Tuscany

"Maybe it's true that life is a search for beauty,
 for the harmony that comes 
from the mingling of things.
 Maybe life is a search for flavor. 

Not the flavor of just a food 
but of a moment, or a color, a voice-
 - the flavor of what we can hear
 and see 
and touch.

 Certainly good cooking is about flavor. 
About the liberation of flavor,
 the suspension of it,
 and , finally, the release of it. 
 One liberates the flavor of an herb
 by gently bruising it, 
thus freeing its natural oils and essences. 
Next, one suspends those oils and essences 
inside other components.
 For instance, to make a basil pesto,
 one pounds garlic and basil 
to release their oils and essences. 
Then one captures, holds those flavors
 by suspending them inside olive oil,
 forming an emulsion, a thick, smooth sauce.
But this sauce has yet to rerelease
 all those flavors one worked
to liberate and suspend. 
The sauce needs heat, contact with heat.
 First, taste the sauce cool, just as it is,
 from a spoon or your finger.
Certainly it's wonderful.
 But then toss the pesto with just-cooked pasta
 or spread it on a roasted tomato, hot from the oven.
 The contact with heat
 intensifies the flavors of the sauce
 to their fullness.

The business of cooking
 has much in common
with the business of life.

-Marlena de Blasi
A Thousand Days In Venice
Fernando and Marlena de Blasi

Sunday, February 5, 2012