Posted in the Life of anieKsteph

My visit to the Auto Show in 2017

Toyota Hydrogen fuel cell car. Blue and white
Toyota Hydrogen fuel cell car

Ah, new technologies!

 Ever inspiring, always current, and oh the ooohs and amazement. 

Toyota Hydrogen fuel cell car underside
Toyota Hydrogen fuel cell car underside

I went with my new hair and an exploratative attitude to see what the best and brightest car manufacturers are coming up with.

An electric battery in the rear console
An electric battery in the rear console of a 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV
The author in a large Sporty 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The author in a large Sporty 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I had to climb up a ladder to hop into this big truck. It’s massive, high off of the ground, and has an open air roof.

Rear view of Jaguar 2018
Rear view of Jaguar 2018

Interior of a 2018 Infinity Sedan
Interior of a 2018 Infinity Sedan

Front grill of 2018 Lexus concept car
Front grill of 2018 Lexus concept car

Back end of an Audi r8 v10 plus
Back end of an Audi r8 v10 plus

2018 Mitsubishi Concept suv
2018 Mitsubishi Concept suv

Mitsubishi Concept suv side view.
Mitsubishi Concept suv side view.

The door mechanism on this concept suv is a head turner. I noticed that the rear seats are very tall in the back of the car, obstructing the view for the driver.

 It was pointed out to me however, that a new law has come into effect stating that all new cars in Ontario must have rear cameras. This new technology and legislation will be key in what we see in the design of automobiles in the years to come. 

Rear of Acura's 2018 concept sedan.
Rear of Acura’s 2018 concept sedan.

Violet painted 2018 Rolls Royce phantom
Violet painted 2018 Rolls Royce 

I enjoyed my visit to the show, even though I nearly injured my arm when I attempted to open the tailgate of a large GMC truck. I was alright, but now I will never underestimate the “heavy duty” insignia on the back of a truck ever again. 
 Thanks for stopping by,
S

 

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Jaune Tide: Acrylic on canvasĀ 

Spring is nearly here: however in Southern Ontario, that does not always mean it will be warm outside or without snow.

 The weather has been trite with gloomy over cast and threats of blizzards this week; so I decided to create a piece that would be an antithesis to current moods.

I call my latest piece: Jaune (yellow) Tide

I integrated bright yellows, cerulean blues, aqua, and green hues in vibrant splashes on a gallery wrapped canvas. My favourite parts of this piece are the bright expanses of Yellow that bring warmth and happiness to the eye. The aqua is a nice offset against the blue as well. 

As with many of my paintings, it can be hanged in any orientation; although it is difficult for me to decide where to sign each piece. I may adopt a symbol for signing my work in the future, so as to reduce the impact of a signature. 

Thanks for reading,

-S 

Posted in Art Work and Sculpture, the Life of anieKsteph

Red and gold in acrylic on wood

My latest work is an experimental use of gold against red on wood board. Similar to my last two posts (See below) the use of wood enables a level of texture and complexity that is not easily achieved with canvas. The size is also comparably smaller.


The orientation is more flexible, as seen above.  When viewing this piece it is really up to the observer to decide whether they prefer the gold on the bottom, top, or sides. But to be decisive, I created the piece to be hung as it looks in the first photo. 


The dimensions are 14 inches x 10 inches. I finished this (and the other wood board pieces) by adding a strip of decorative trim along its edges; however, I would like to try my hand at encasing these pieces in decorative wood frames. The millwork wood that is used for this purpose is usually available at homedepot in 8 ft lengths. The cost is usually between $5 and $15 CDN so it would be very inexpensive to make my own. 

The big question for me is: can I cut the angles right to make a perfectly fitting frame? Only way to find out is to try it out! 

Thanks for reading,

S

Posted in Art Work and Sculpture, Essays, Rants, and other Prose by Stephanie

The Heart Beats

Inspiration comes in many forms; and for this piece I was inspired by love and the heart. 

St Valentine’s Day was last week, and as usual we become inundated with images of cutesy cartoon hearts, and cherubs with messages telling us to show love to our friends and family by spending money. 

Most of what we purchase are useless trinkets that do very little to further any true affect for our loved ones, but fills the empty space of an average cosmopolitan existence. I suppose that is a topic for another day.

My latest piece is a reflection of the heart, without the fake imagined sentiment. The heart beats. It supplies blood to organs, and for most  of us we can only pray that it does not stop beating too soon.


Thanks for stopping by,

S

Posted in Cullinary Diversions, the Life of anieKsteph

Stephanie’s Polenta recipe

During the winter months, it can be hard to stay warm as we all know. One of my difficulties is in the kitchen and trying to figure out what to eat! 

I devised this polenta recipe on my own, and it turned out delicious, hearty, and the perfect snack/ side dish for a cold winter day.  

You will need the following: 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of Yellow Ferma corn meal 
  • 1/2 cup parmesean cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp  turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 Bay leaf (for decoration)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water 
  • (Optional) one handful of finely chopped romaine lettuce 
  • 6 x 8 inch loaf pan 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

Grease a 6×8 inch loaf pan with vegetable shortening. You can use butter or oil, but I prefer to use shortening. Be sure to get all corners, because you will want the loaf to “pop” out easily after baking.

In your mixer deposit all dry ingredients and mix with a paddle attachment on a low speed.

While mixing dry ingredients add in wet ingredients starting with the eggs, oil, and water. I like to pre-measure all of my ingredients to ensure a quick process, and so that the mixer does not get too “gummed up” when adding wet ingredients. Add in finely chopped romaine lettuce at this point if you desire. I like adding leafy greens to this recipe because it adds a beautiful green colour that makes the recipe look even more delicious!

Once fully mixed, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that everything has been thoroughly combined and no clumps of dry ingredients are sitting at the bottom. 

Deposit your batter into the greased loaf pan, and tap the pan afterwards to eliminate any bubbles and to make it sit evenly. If you want to add to a full Bay leaf on top, do so now, and place your pan in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. 

After 30 minutes, check on your loaf. As always, place a thin knife or toothpick into the top of the loaf to check that it has been cooked thoroughly.  If it comes out clean, it is cooked. 

Enjoy, and thanks for reading.

-S