The bright pink piece is entitled “Weeping Ocean”- however I am still deciding what to entitle the darker one. The contrast of their colour compositions didn’t exactly go as planned. I wanted the blues in the untitled piece to be a bit deeper- like a midnight blue.
The most interesting and unusual aspect of this piece is that attached the frames to each other with a hinge. The two can be opened to stand on its own, or laid flat to be hung together.
“This road…this ever referenced road that leads to all sorts of places…”
That quote is the idea that I went for in “Eye of the Hill”. Here we have an unnatural, alien-like landscape with green hills and orange soil. In an abstract sense we could see that the sky is also green, or that the rolling hills go on forever. The observer is held to feel that they are at the foothills of an astonishing journey; one that leads to an all seeing eye.
I created this piece this month- it took about 6 hours. I really enjoy the colour composition; the play between light and dark. It’s really easy to lose yourself in the arrangements demonstrated, and I’ve found guests who have seen it in person to stare at the intersecting lines in a Rothko-esque fashion. (Famed artist Mark Rothko (d. 1970) was said to believe that large art is best observed 18 inches away from the canvas surface.)
You can check out the listing for this piece here.
This was one of my first canvases that I made from scratch; by cutting knotty pine to size and using wood glue and staples to secure the rectangular shape. I don’t think i had discovered gesso yet, so I made a mixture of white acrylic paint, Elmer’s glue, and wood glue to prime the cotton material for painting.
As a sewing aficionado, I have a rather large collection of fabric that I keep in my studio. It has resulted in a great segway into stretched canvas creation for my paintings. (You can bet your pants that I will explain more about that in a future post)
This is an experimental design of acrylic on canvas that I completed a few weeks ago. I call it: “Into the Bubble-verse”. My idea was to illustrate a universe of blue bubbles; however, without knowing that they are bubbles, an observer could draw other observations. I’m actually inspired to paint another similar piece that connects more abstractly to the idea of a bubble universe. (*giggles* I hope you can tell how much I enjoy this new hobby).
Alas I have gifted this piece to my dear brother for his birthday, after he mentioned how much he liked it.
One evening, I was tinkering around my kitchen when I had a serious craving for a delicious homemade quiche. I began to fret about the amount of fat, flour and time I would need to make a savory and worthwhile crust, when an idea came to me.
I am sure that I have seen this recipe elsewhere, but the memory of it presented itself to me at the best possible moment…
Instead of using a crust, I thoroughly greased the glass baking dish with vegetable shortening (you can use butter if you so please). I can’t stress enough how important it is to have the dish well greased, as this is what enables the quiche to “pop” out after it has been cooked, and not stick to the dish (also be sure to grease the sides). After greasing the dish, I sprinkled a thick helping of cornmeal to coat the bottom and sides of the greased dish. Ensure that every corner and crevice is generously coated with the cornmeal. You can buy cornmeal at most stores- although depending on your area you may find it under Caribbean or Portuguese sections of your grocery store. It is a great substitute/ addition to flour as it is much coarser and less processed.
It’s a quiche (with all of the normal ingredients) including: 5 eggs, milk, veggies, cheese- blended together lightly. In this particular example the fifth egg was unbeaten- you can sort of see the yolk sticking out in the middle of the photo.
When it cooled- the quiche “popped” out quite easily, and all of the cornmeal stuck to the sides and edges. Below is a quiche-selfie…although I use the term selfie loosely as crustless-quiches do not have arms with which to take photos of themselves.
I also decided to include an image of what the glass dish should look like after coating the entire surface with butter (or shortening) and a healthy dusting of corn meal. (see below):