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.
Day 3 was sweet, literally and figuratively speaking… I enjoyed painting this still life and then enjoyed the smoothie afterwards. Do you remember the York Peppermint Patty commercials when the actress bit into the cool minty chocolate candy they closed their eyes and were transported to top of Mount Everest?
Well this was the same but just the opposite. What do I mean? Well, here in the Northeast the temperatures have dropped to the teens today and with snow blanketing the ground…. baby it's cold outside! I'm inside with my cube heater blowing nice warm, dry air I lean back in my kitchen chair, take a sip of my smoothie, closes my eyes and magically I'm transported to a beach chair on Key West, Florida…
How did that happen? I'm glad you asked… it's our secret ingredient that made the tropical daydream come true….
What is the secret ingredient? I'm so glad you asked….
I'd tell you but that would ruin the surprise…
just click here to go to our new blog… Full Plate Colorful Palette to find out for yourself….
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.
Leslie Saeta's Blog where you can see all the other artists participating in the 30 in 30 Challenge
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
Full Plate Colorful Palette Blog
Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge Blog
I truly enjoyed getting lost in this painting yesterday. Applying a new technique called "fracturing" and laying on thick colorful paint gives this painting both energy and stillness combined.
Old World Classic meets New School Technique… so how should I frame this one? Suggestions are welcomed… should I frame it with a classic ornate gilded gold frame or a contemporary frame design? Choices, choices, choices… please chime in and tell me what you think.
This painting will be on exhibit and for sale at our Holiday Show at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT.
Opening Night is Friday Nov. 15 from 5-8pm ….
please join us for an evening of Art, Conversation and Nibbles!
Red Wine and Grapes, oil 8 x 8, 2013 $100
Let me tell you a little story...
So, last night, well afternoon, 4pm - 10:30 I worked on a landscape painting, 16 x 20 in size, but after six hours ( took a little break around 8:30pm) I stepped back from my easel and... ugh... it was just a huge flop!
I could hear my inner voice saying "it's not that bad" and "it's not your best work".
Over time that voice has softened. I can remember just a few years back I would get so frustrated and discouraged. But now, hopefully just a little bit wiser, "flops" are just part of the process.
So what happens after 6 hours spent on a painting that you don't even want to show the dog? Drink lots of wine? No, just kidding.
I have learned that the next step isn't to try to paint the same painting over again. In fact, I'm more likely to make the identical mistakes. Instead, I seek advice, inspiration and/or more knowledge. This time I did all three.
One of my all time favorite websites is Dailypaintworks.com for inspiration. I love to peruse the "what's new" listings. This time I went to the Art Bytes Store (very clever name by the way) Short in length but packed with information the Art Byte store offer tutorials on so many topics for artists.
Today I downloaded for free the tutorial on "Collective Insights on Blocks' - eight pages of different artists talking about the dreaded "Artist Block" and what to do about it. It was great! One "take away" was to do something fun... just for yourself. So I went downstairs pulled out my "grown-up coloring book" and started coloring with markers. What's that you ask? They are books printed with line drawings of graphic elements, like mandalas, to color in.
Here's the link to Art Byte store.
Then I downloaded a Tutorial called "Fracturing and how to do it" by Julie Ford Oliver. Each time I see Julie's work I would say to myself "I love how she paints but I couldn't but my finger on the technique". It's called Fracturing.. I just love learning something new! So I watched the videos (4 all together) all the way through and then went back and tried the technique myself. I would play a section. Hit the pause button. Run downstairs paint a little. Run back upstairs for the next set of directions ( Yes, you are right, I should have brought my computer downstairs... but I couldn't waste the time... I was too excited to try something new!)
So out of the darkness of that dreaded Artist's block came something new, something different and to my surprise something quite interesting.
Please tell me what you think?
And.... if you're interested in bidding on this painting it will be up for auction on 6/2/13... click here to bid.
with much gratitude,
Early Risers, oil on canvas, 8 x 8, $85
It's funny how the little things in life can bring the greatest joy!
Just yesterday morning I hurried down the front path with my head down, my hands clenching my jacket closed and my mind focused on getting to the car as fast as I could because I wasn't prepared for another cold morning. Silly me, I just assumed it was going to be much warmer... after all it is April!
Then, those tiny little purple and white dots caught my eye.... popping up from the barren garden... and I smiled... a big smile.... because I know it may not feel like spring... but these Early Risers tell me that it IS!
I clipped a few of these sweet little crocus flowers brought them inside and by this morning the indoor temperatures caused them to burst open in full bloom. Late afternoon is when I got around to painting this piece.
Earlier in the day I had an appointment with a gift shop owner in Milford to present my art and greeting cards. Bev the owner of the shop, Something of Bev's, was a wealth of great ideas for how I should market and sell my artwork and greeting cards to local gift shops, florists and at fairs. Her 20+ years of experience was so beneficial and genuine desire to help me was of great value. Bev loved my pet portraits and the idea of a new line of greeting cards based on the "Beach Ladies" painting I did last month.
New opportunities are just beginning to bloom.... I'll keep you post.
Red Hot Lobsters! oil 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 22 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Feeling the need to paint something HOT, I came across a photo I took last summer of the stuffed lobster my husband Dean made for us on a HOT July evening! Dean's an amazing cook and he's always experimenting in the kitchen.
Since I started this project, I've been scoping out books and websites to find interesting facts about CT to share and this one kept popping up. Did you know that Connecticut is "Home of the Famous HOT Lobster Roll?" According to John Mariani's Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, the lobster roll "may well have" originated at a restaurant name Perry's, in Milford CT back in 1934. Since I grew up in Connecticut I had no idea that there was any other kind of lobster roll but the one that comes served on a HOT dog bun with HOT melted butter all over HOT fresh lobster meat. And to my surprise I once ordered a Lobster Roll in Boston, MA only to find that it was cold, and mixed with mayo! No thanks! So for me Connecticut's HOT Lobster Rolls RULE! I don't believe Perry's in still in business but Lenny's and Joe's FishTales has three locations, Westbrook, Madison and now in New Haven, CT and they serve the REAL HOT Lobster Roll on their menu! Hungry, yet?
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"Apple Pie Fly", oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 17 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
I set this still life up early this morning on the kitchen counter thinking I would have a relaxing morning painting after everyone leaves the house, so off I went for a cup of tea with my very dear friend Tracey at Panera. A little while later ready to paint I come home only to find the lighting wasn't right anymore so I set everything up on a small table on the other side of the kitchen and then the apples wouldn't cooperate. They would randomly roll around or lean over awkwardly. And to make matters worse, our cat Jac was desperate this morning for attention. First jumping up right on the chair that my painting palette was on and next onto the table with the still life. (see photo below). Who knew it would be so difficult to paint a "still life"? Now what's up with that?
Frisbie Pie Plate Takes Flight
We had this pie plate in our hutch and it comes from the Frisbie Pie Co. in Bridgeport, CT. Here's a few notes about Frisbie:
And that's how the plastic Frisbee disc came to be.
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Hope you join me on this 30 day painting challenge... you can sign-up for these blog posts to be delivered right in your inbox... just look for the email sign-up box in the right column. Feel free to comment below and share either your favorite places and/or things to do in CT or... are you a Frisbee fan?I've tried playing a few times but it appears that I'm quite dangerous with my keen ability to hit the house window rather than the target when playing "Frisbee Golf" just ask my brother, Mickey! or perhaps you have a favorite frisbee story to tell, please share, I would love to hear your story.
Mint Milanos and Milk, oil 6 x6, $85
Today is Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists.
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
Today's painting was so hard to resist eating instead of painting and all I kept smelling was the mint and chocolate filling. I've loved these cookies since I was a kid and now so does my step-daughter Hope. Needless to say they don't stay around very long in our house.
Connecticut Cookies and More
Pepperidge Farms - makers of these and many other delicious cookies, deserts and breads hold their headquarters in Norwalk, CT and was original started by Margaret Rudkin in her kitchen in Fairfield, CT. A woman after my own heart, Margaret Rudkin was a mother and entrepreneur. Yes! Love her! And here's a quote from the Pepperidge Farms website- (I'll share the link below, if you have time to read the story/history of Pepperidge Farms and Margaret Rudkin it's very inspiring!)
"There isn't a worthwhile thing in the world that can't be accomplished with good hard work. You've got to want something first and then you have to go after it with all your heart and soul." - Margaret Rudkin
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