Wednesday, April 18, 2018

100 Paintings on Canvas #3, Florida Landscape Series

Here's #3 in the Florida Landscape Series. This painting was inspired by the Ca d' Zan, the Ringling Mansion in Sarasota. The owner had his wife choose all the building materials and she went across Europe putting together inspiration from various cultures. The mansion was a luxurious, over the top, mansion designed to impress her husband's investors. It has been restored and is a museum today. 
This painting was done with acrylics on a 3"x3" canvas. I enjoy working in the smaller size, as it allows me to finish a painting in a few days.
Working on landscapes, or influences of landscapes, is very challenging and quite enjoyable.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Daily Drawings: Ancient Coins Days 14 - 16

Here are some more of the Daily Drawings for April of ancient coins. I really like the way they are aged, off shape, and worn.



Monday, April 16, 2018

100 Paintings on Canvas #2, Florida Landscape Series

 Here's the second painting in the Florida Landscape Series. The first one can be found here.
Like the first painting, this was done using acrylic paints. It's an abstract painting, inspired by the shoreline of Sarasota Bay. The colors - blues, grays, gold, and beige are prevalent in the area.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Blessings

"Be grateful for the small things, big things, and everything in between. Count your blessings not your problems. Be grateful." Mandy Hall

I have so much for which to be grateful. This week c couple of family members traveled safely.
I am so glad they are safe and sound.
One of my tennis teams finished the season. My partner and I had our last match together and it was a great one! It was such a great feeling to be out on the court, playing well together.
My tennis team went to lunch together for the first time in a long time. We laughed, joked, and celebrated the end of the season and good friends.
I started reading some books before bed. I used to read before going to sleep, but then switched to puzzles. I'm back to reading and enjoying it.
Jon and I visited the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. It was a gorgeous day and we walked the grounds, took in the scenery, and had a great time.

Friday, April 13, 2018

King Arthur Flour Bake-A-Long Challenge

When we lived in New Hampshire, we were in a remote part of the state. The nearest movie theater was over 30 minutes away, the mall was 45 minutes away, and going to Boston was the norm to get go to nice shops. One of the nearest "treats" was King Arthur Flour store and bakery.
They were an amazing shop, that grew through the years, and as well as a education place for all things baking.
Their store carried many hard to find baking ingredients, supplies, and tools. Their bakery had fantastic breads, pastries, and sandwiches.
Since moving south, I miss going to their store, but their website is fantastic. Not the same goodness as being there in person, but a great alternative.
I just discovered their monthly Bakealong Challenge. They post a new recipe online each month and challenge the readers to make it (or it's many variations) and post the photos.
This month's challenge is for Almond Pull Loaf, which is a pie crust dough (no sugar), almond pate a choux, preserves and icing.
They give step by step instructions, recipe variations, and they answer questions about the process.
Give it a try!