Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood - The Penelopiad
"Breathing in, I see myself as still water.
Breathing out, I reflect things as they are."
This was a interesting, event to stop by-
Waterford Crystal artisian
Tom Brennan was in Billings to hand engrave Waterford crystal purchased at Gainan's.
I watched Tom as he meticulously lettered names and dates onto vases and goblets. His lettering was divine. He used a calligraphic style font: it was beautiful. He was very gracious, offering to take our photograph together. What a neat fellow to meet-an Irish gentleman.
I knew I'd enjoy the afternoon when the mailman delivered the American Craft magazine! I've opened it to my favorite article-
'A Crafted Life'.
Do you enjoy seeing artist's homes as much as I do?
Another 'kitchen hobby' of mine is homemade mustards.
Hands down favorite to make and dine with is a grainy, three seed mustard with whiskey.
I like to use my husband's small batch artisian 'Four Roses' whiskey out of Austin for its deeper oaky notes.
Stop by and we'll break bread, slather it with home-made mustard and have a great visit! Cheers!
I first explored recipes from an article in Sunset Magazine a few years back. It was a great introduction to this fun kitchen craft!
...You are here..."
One of my favorite M.C. Escher prints is his Past, Present, Future.
The three spheres represent the past-transparent, future-opaque and the reflective is the self portrait--existence at that very moment. I titled this recent piece after the above because it reminded me of marking time in this way. Very different looks to the art, but to me the theme was the same. The painting of water can take on so many meanings. What do you see?
My first foray into homemade liqueurs was a winter I lived in Seeley Lake, Montana. COLD AND DEEEEEEEP SNOW! I taught at the local high school-I really enjoyed my job! I had bought the top book shown above in the summer and started dabbling that late fall with recipes. I still consider it my go-to for recipes. Soooo easy and fun end products. Perfect for entertaining at home and gifts. Thru the years I have considered it my 'kitchen hobby'. Raspberries, blackberries, pears, apples, herbs--Basically if you can soak it, it can become a liqueur! The Portlandia episode of "Pickle It!" reminds me of liqueur making!
My favorite recipe was one my daughter shared with me-Quadro Quadra.
44 coffee beans inserted in a fresh orange, soaked in the vodka for 44 days. Delish!
But move over Orange coffee liqueor--fresh cranberry orange is on the scene!
Read below. Found this on a foodie site-I've credited the authors.
The taste is incredible.
Serves: Approximately 6 cups ( I made a double batch. Heck, make it worth your while!)
Read more at http://www.creative-culinary.com/cranberry-liqueur/#1StDyrq3OOjr7yrp.99
The recipe below can be easily modified for the cranberry liqueur.
This fluorescent, disco trout was a fun piece I donated to an art auction being held November 17, 2015. It is a fundraiser for the historical art murals in our local high school.
The Line Up is a piece I took over to the Frame Hut for the Christmas show. I have around six pieces there. I've been on a fish painting kick for a few years now. I like the challenge of painting the reflective surfaces of their scales and skin. And I am fascinated with a creature that breathes water! I often think about how it would be to be a duo: breathe water and air........
Painting the elements is interesting. Air, water, earth, and fire. That is a satisfying piece of art, primedeval.
As a working artist/retired art educator, I've always lived the artful life. Let's share!