Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Illustration Friday: Ripple

"Crude Marsh", acrylic monotype on watercolor paper, 4"x 6", ©2010
"Oil on Water", acrylic monotype on watercolor paper, 4"x 6", ©2010

"Oil on Oil", acrylic monotype on watercolor paper, 4"x 6", ©2010

This BP oil spill thing in the Gulf - it's just heartbreaking. There's a great blog ( that's been set up to help with the healing through art. As it says on that blog, this is how it works:

"Each sketchcard on this blog is $10.00. The $10.00 is a donation to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. Every penny is donated. The two Non-Profits that are benefitting are The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center. You can purchase a card if you donate directly to one of the non-profits and email me the confirmation and your address to The artist will mail you the signed card. We don't have to feel helpless. We can help. Our small actions together will ripple outward."

I hope and pray that these 3 small pieces can be a part of that healing ripple. Please visit and be part of it too! (These pieces are numbers 509, 510, & 511)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Studio Notes - June 2010

My dear friends, family, and patrons,
It's finally beginning to feel like Summer today. After what seems like months of cold and grey and wet, it's sunny and blue and warm! I figure it's a good day to make some announcements.
I just re-opened my Etsy shop today with some small and very affordable works on paper like this monotype, "Blue Sun", 6"x 4", $15. To see more, please visit my Etsy shop.

I've recently realized that I never got around to changing the prices on my small art blog once my Half Off Sale was over earlier this year. So, go ahead and take advantage of my laziness! Since Father's Day and Graduations are all around us, I've decided to leave the half off prices up until the end of June! Give your dad a work of art not a tie! Give that grad a painting, not a pen set! Or maybe you know a June bride who needs art for her new home, or maybe you just need to treat yourself to something nice. :)

And now for the BIG news. This fall my artwork will once again make its way to New York City!!! I've been invited to participate in a group abstract art exhibit, and six of my pieces will be on display as part of "Cryptical Envelopment" between October 7th – 30th at Ico Gallery in the Chelsea district. There will be an opening reception on October 15th which I do plan to attend, and I hope to see some of you there too! It's so exciting to be a part of this exhibit, and to have an excuse to visit New York again! The curator and I still have to pick out exactly which 6 pieces, but this new and as-of-yet-untitled painting will probably be one of them.
I hope you're all well and I wish you all the best!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Soup recipe for a sore mouth

I had gum surgery on Wednesday. I'm still sore and on meds, so painting isn't exactly happening. However, I did have success in another creative venue last night when I made dinner. I had underestimated just how sore my mouth would be and thought that soft pasta dishes would be okay, but turned out that just isn't so. After attempting some mac n cheese for dinner the other night only to have to turn to yogurt instead, I decided I should make some soup. My periodontist emphasized how important nutrition is to the healing process, so I wanted to make sure to pack as many nutrients as I could into a dish that didn't have to be chewed. The following is what I came up with. It turned out really, really good so I want to write it down here so I don't forget it.

4 cups low sodium chicken stock
about 6-7 small yukon gold potatoes, quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
the leafy greens (not the stems) from 3 large beets, chopped

2 medium zucchini, sliced

1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 bag baby spinach

extra water as needed (probably about 2 cups)
salt and pepper to taste
about 1/2 cup heavy cream

Using my 5 quart dutch oven, I boiled the potatoes and garlic and beet greens in the chicken stock until very soft, adding some salt and pepper and about a cup of water

Then I added the zucchini and the beans to the pot and continued boiling until those softened, adding some water to keep the consistency from getting too thick

I followed that with the bag of spinach and cooked until wilted, then took the pot off the heat

Using an immersion blender, I pureed the soup until there were no lumps left, adjusted the seasoning, then I stirred in some heavy cream