I love painting interiors! What I often do is flip through design magazines and when a photo has the right light effect I use that as my starting point. I love the way the light streams through the windows and casts a warm glow across the counters and wood floor. From there I like to put my imagination to work and re-decorate the room. I'll add my own elements, change the light fixtures, add different accent pieces. Change the fabric or window treatments. It's like redecorating but without the fees or the mess! Just a little paint a brush and my imagination.
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Soup Prep - Chef Dean
oil on board, 6 x 8" framed in silver and gold tone frame
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Often times I tell my art students to "trust in the process" and not to judge their painting too soon, especially while they are in the midst of creating it. I’ve said in the past it’s like baking a cake and trying to eat it when it’s half baked - it doesn’t taste good.
It’s easier for us to understand the cooking process when it comes to creating a meal. Planning the menu, buy the ingredients, prep the food, cook or bake, waiting time and then knowing when it’s done. And then.... yes enjoy eating it!
There are many similar steps and stages when it comes to creating a painting with the exception of one. The "Cook Time" or the "Create Time". For instance, you do have to plan and purchase materials. Find a place to create, whether a studio or a kitchen table. You'll also need some instruction, even the basics like mixing and applying paints. And surely what would be helpful, like in a recipe you are given the time it takes to prep and the time it takes to cook or bake. But that's not the case when it comes to creating art.
"Create Time" is the one mystery element. It's the one ingredient that is truly different for every artist. How can I tell my students that an exercise will take exactly one hour. Sometimes I'll try to set time limits and on occasion it will work but for the most part, I've come to the conclusion - a painting will get done on it's own time. We truly don't know how long it’s going to take to create a piece of art. For some it could be thrown together in minutes and called finished for others the "cook time" could take hours, days maybe even years.
But what if we savored and embraced that "time of simmer" - the "process time". What if, with patience and with a listening heart, we lean more into the method than the end result. I mean we aren't planning to eat our painting like we would a meal, so why can't we just take the time to listen to our heart not a grumbling stomach. What if we apply the phrase "Trust the process" to mean both trusting you will be satisfied with the end result AND enjoyment while in the midst of creating it.
So perhaps the next time you are in the middle of painting a painting whisper to yourself “ embrace the simmer” .....and I will do the same.
Happy to say this painting: "Soup Prep- Chef Dean" was accepted into the "Deck the Walls - Holiday Show and Sale" at Lyme Art Association in Lyme, CT - The show will run until January 4th, 2019.
Dean made a delicious pear pie to bring to my brother and sister-in-law's house yesterday. The recipe is really simple, very similar to apple but with added vanilla extract … it's has a taste of it's own.
Of course we were running late, nothing unusual for me, but this time it "wasn't my fault" :)
I parked on the street outside of Maple and Main Gallery in Chester and while I was inside for a marketing meeting, someone hit the back of my car, well, technically my dad's truck who's letting me borrow for a few months while he's in Florida.
I came outside, there was a note on a small piece of paper under the wiper blade.
That said, "I hit your car, here's my info!" What a way to start the new years!
So needless to say I had to made that dreadful call to my dad…
"Uh… Hi Dad… How's it going? How's Florida? Is it warm?… I have something to tell you.."
and as I spoke those words I was transported back to 1985 when I had to make that dreaded call to my dad after I insisted on taking our classic mustang "out for a spin" around town
and the brakes gave out…
it was a miracle that I coasted down a long busy main road in Fairfield without getting hit or running into anyone…
through a super busy intersection and stopped inches from the front window of a gas station.
The owner came running out of the garage, yelling at me…
only to find out I lost the brakes on the car and he so kindly said…
"do you want to call your dad?" oh the memories…
Well, back to the pear pie story, so after the phone call to my dad, Dean and I got in our car and headed to Fairfield to see my brother and sister-in-law.
Halfway there we realized we forgot the pie!
And to make matters worse… Pear pie is one of my sister-in-law Gail's new favorites…
If you would like the pear pie recipe… it's on our new blog Full Plate Colorful Palette… click here.
A typical day at our house begins by being woken up by a very frisky dog anxious to go outside. She's only out for a minute at the most and back inside waiting patiently for her 1st meal of the day. I make myself a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch with my journal. I love to write. I write whatever pops in my head but usually starts with writing everything I'm thankful for. I first read about "morning pages" from a book called "Finding Water" a sequel to the well-known book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron.
Dean on the other hand is busy in the kitchen making breakfast. Sometimes he gets really creative with fancy omelets include lots of veggies, cheese and a breakfast meat of some sort. But the typical breakfast is what you see here. Dean's been learning a lot of great cooking tips in his culinary art classes. Check out his post on Breakfast Bacon to making your morning go a little smoother.
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Our new cooking blog Full Plate Colorful Palette
Happy New Year Everyone!
Just a few hours into the new year and I'm ready to go! Lots of new and exciting projects on the horizon and to start it off I'd like to welcome you to our latest creative endeavor. As many of you know my husband Dean just finished up his first semester in Culinary School and preparing for the next semester to begin. Together we decide to combine our talents to create a joint blog. A place where Dean can share his new recipes, cooking and baking tips, educational videos, interviews and so much more… plus and I can share my artwork.
The blog is called….
Full Plate Colorful Palette
It's still in the infancy stage right now. We are adding to it daily… hope you get a chance to check it out and give us your feedback… And if you have any recipes or cooking/baking tips you would like to share please post a comment. Feel free to share this with your friends and family…
So for the next 30 Days I will be painting a painting a day in Leslie Saeta's 30 Day Painting Challenge and Dean will be adding a blog post on what's happening in the kitchen. Hope you join us for this creative culinary and art adventure!
Linda and Dean
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