Friday, May 28, 2010

Taste of Summer

The sweet tangy flavors of these berries always get me ready for long, lazy summer days.  I can't wait to begin picking them in the months to come!  
I had trouble capturing the true colors...the background is more of a robin's egg blue which makes for a gorgeous contrast between it and the berries.  I will try again with different lighting and post it if I can capture it better.
Enjoy the holiday weekend - I'm looking forward to kayaking tomorrow with friends!!  :)

3 x 3 in., oil on canvas
"Strawberry Caucus" after Carolyn Finnel

Saturday, May 22, 2010


For the record I'm not a fan of eating artichokes; however, I love the flavor they can give certain dishes!  I think when it comes down to it, it's a texture thing.
I had a really difficult time photographing this one, I kept getting this awful glare and the colors weren't represented very accurately.  This photo is the closest I could get and it's still not quite right...but I'll settle. 
This is probably my least favorite so far, and was hesitant to even post it since the only thing I like about it is the title.  I could of spent more time on it.....but, I got bored.  : / 
Happy Weekend!

3 x 3 in., oil on canvas

Monday, May 17, 2010

Avo to Guac

This post would of come sooner had last week's weather not been so gloomy.  The room I paint in is lit by natural light - that said, it can be a bit of a challenge when painting between the clouds.  But, enough said...the weather is BEAUTIFUL now!!!  As we move into summer I find it fitting to paint an avocado and to include the best guacamole recipe I've tried as of yet - YUM!  

3 x 3 in., oil on canvas
"California Avocado" after Sharon Shock

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 ripe peeled avocado, mashed

Resist the urge to over mix the guacamole, it should have lots of big chunks.  This recipe is easily doubled or tripled!  

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summer's Craving

This week I busted out old habits by painting a landscape scene. With the last week or two being a bit chilly compared to temperatures we were having four weeks ago, I've been dreaming of days spent at warm sunny beaches.

3 x 3 in., oil on canvas