Hope you can all make it to the 2015 One of a Kind Show Chicago, December 3 – 6 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. I will be there in booth 7-4043. This is a huge holiday show and will be a fun day filled with all things one of a kind including gourmet treats, fine original art, fashion, jewelry, furniture, holiday gifts, and much more. Food and live music and some big sponsors including ETSY and Chicago Tribune media group. All ticket proceeds benefit directly Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Hope to see you there!
Watch my very first iPhone video to learn more about my upcoming art videos and tutorials. Have you been wanting to learn my painting process? Do you have questions about how I run my art business? Are you curious about how I got started? Stay tuned for answers to these and other questions (I hope some you will provide).
I do a lot of bird paintings. But I have also done quite a few animal paintings. I’d like to share a few of my recent ones with you. They are mostly my pets and horses and cows from the ranch in Idaho.
I hope to paint a lot of animals this holiday season. Animals are just one of the happy parts of life. I can’t think of anything that makes me feel happier than looking an animal in the face and into its eyes.
Anyway, these are a few of the animal paintings completed this past year. I hope you enjoy!
I found a great book at my library and have since ordered called, “Blue Ribbon Canning”. I have never canned before but have been curious and interested in trying for most of my life. My now deceased great mother-in-law grew up on a ranch in Colorado and would can the most delicious fruits and vegetables. Her home was always spotless and the rows of canned goods, which had their own specially-built shelves, stored in her basement struck awe in me. So I’ve been excited to try canning for sometime now.
I got a water bath canner for my birthday and have tried several pickles, jams, and jellies, and salsa. Two of the salsas I tried in the book have brought amazing oohs and ahhs from my teenage children and their friends.
The first recipe I tried was called Roma Tomato Salsa and is by blue ribbon winner, Nancy Charron from Washington state. You will have to find the book and try the recipe. But it is delicious. The second recipe is shown in a slightly altered state below. It is adapted from the book and was just called “Salsa” by contributor Shirley Rosenberg of Utah. I adjusted the cider vinegar, peppers, and tomatoes because the original recipe was a bit too sweet and vinegary for my taste, very much like Pace Picante sauce. I upped the heat index to counter the sweetness of the cider vinegar and lowered the cider vinegar content.
Fall classes are starting at Elmhurst Art Museum. I am teaching two classes starting in September. The first class is an adult oil painting class. Jump in wherever you are. Basics of oil painting through intermediate techniques will be discussed and explored. The second class is a comprehensive painting class for ages 10 – 14 yrs. We will be exploring different mediums of paint such as oil, watercolor, and acrylics. Come join the fun!
If you are not in the Chicago area and are interested in learning from me, stay tuned. I am working on some online courses and tutorials. I will have more information available soon.
For a limited time, I am offering poster-quality prints in my Etsy shop. They will be available until they are sold out. Perfect for upcoming holiday gifts or for those not yet ready to take the plunge into buying an original painting.
They are printed on poster-quality paper and are very affordable. The print quality is excellent. The printer used is a $50,000 HP printer from a professional local print shop. The prints are hand cut and packaged with chipboard backing and a clear acid-free sleeve.
The only consideration is most sizes are square. So you will need to find a square frame or have custom matted and framed. This is fine though if you want to customize to your interior. There are some standard frames I have seen while out shopping in the 4 x 4 inch and 5 x 5 inch square size. This is not too hard to find without hiring custom job. Anyway, you will probably pay more for the frame than the print because these prints are a real value and only available for a limited time.
When they sell out, I will be moving to outsourcing prints via Saatchi Art and also selling on my website at a higher price but on a higher quality paper. But the price will be significantly greater than these currently available.
Yesterday afternoon I was going to go to the beach in Chicago. But because the weather was unusually cold and wet, plans were changed. I ended up home wearing wool socks and making brownies.
I don’t know about you. But I find there are two camps for brownies. The cake brownie with frosting. Then the chewy, fudge brownie with nuts. This brownie is in the second category.
Since I haven’t shared a recipe in awhile, I’ll share one now.
The brownies are almost like a flourless chocolate cake (just 1/4 cup of flour). The brownies come out soft and oozing molten chocolate. But once set and chilled in the fridge, become dense and fudge-like, with intense chocolate flavor melded with the tang of the secret ingredient (sour cream).
The recipe is adapted from a food processor cook book I had in the 1980’s. I cannot remember the author more find the book. But I did a long time ago write down the basic ingredients and made up the rest. It’s best to use the best chocolate available. I used Ghiradelli chocolate chips and bars, real butter and vanilla, and walnuts. I also make sure my sour cream is made with real cream and not fillers like gelatin or corn starch. (Check the label).
(By the way, the recipe calls for two eggs!)
One of my favorite spots in the Midwest US is Turkey Run State Park. A mere three hour drive from my house near Chicago, it’s a great place to visit with family and friends. I feel so inspired by the nature all around, especially in the spring. The water trails are very fun and deliciously wet and tactile in the spring. A very wet summer has extended this fun.
Going out in nature always inspires my painting and artwork.
Paw paw tree.
I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors this summer. Stay tuned for more wildlife and bird and floral paintings that will include some of my recent finds.