Thursday, March 23, 2017

What's On The Easel

Sometimes when the winter seems endless I like to paint a summer scene. After the last snowstorm piled up in the back yard and the backyard was covered with blanket hopefully for the last time,I decided to embrace the beauty of the colors and lights reflected. I started this painting with a watercolor wash on Uart 400. Then began to block in the shapes of trees snow and shadows. The beginning is shown here
I will post the next stages as I do them. The reference photo below.  
Stay tuned!  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What's On The Easel

This little painting was started as a plein air piece and finished in my studio. It's heading to a new home and I'm donating this to a wonderful local charity for their gala event the end of this month. The sweet little gem of a park is located in the heart of Saratoga Springs NY

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What's On The Stove?

Haven't posted a recipe in a while. So here is my favorite Risotto recipe:      •
   Creamy risotto, sweet corn, and meaty shrimp will make for one dreamy date night. TOTAL TIME: 0:32PREP: 0:10LEVEL: EASYSERVES: 4   INGREDIENTS •3 c. chicken stock •3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided •1 small white onion, minced (about 1 cup) •1 c. arborio rice •3/4 c. dry white wine, divided •2 ears corn, kernels removed (about1 1/4 cup) •2 tbsp. unsalted butter •1/4 c. Parmesan cheese •2 tbsp. chopped parsley •2 cloves garlic, minced (3 tbsp.) •1 small shallot, minced (3 tbsp.) •1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes •1 1/2 lb. medium shrimp •2 tbsp. finely chopped basil, plus more for serving DIRECTIONS 0.In a medium saucepan, bring chicken stock to a simmer. 0.In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until beginning to soften, 4 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add ½ cup white wine and simmer until evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. 0.Reduce heat to medium. Add about ½ cup more stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, until absorbed. Continue adding stock by the ½ cup, stirring and letting it absorb, until stock is gone, 15 to 20 minutes. 0.Remove from heat and stir in corn, butter, Parmesan, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large bowl. 0.Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add garlic, shallot, and red pepper flakes, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until pink and beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining ¼ cup wine and let simmer until evaporated, 2 minutes. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and stir in basil. Add risotto back to skillet, stirring to combine with shrimp. Garnish with basil and serve.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

What's On The Easel ?

I'm working on this painting from a photo I took while walking in my favorite area in Cape Cod. I was attracted by the shadows made by the fencing protecting the dune grasses and of course the view just peeking through the shadowed path. I'll post the finished painting soon.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter Wonderland

This is the juried painting named Snowy Morning Walk painted on UArt paper using Terry Ludwig pastels. It's a small 8x8 and is from a photo taken on an early Morning Walk. This painting evokes the cozy feeling one gets when walking on a snowy lane in upstate NY. I loved painting this as the colors and touch were subtle and I had to be careful not to overdo. It all paid off as this was accepted in a national juried show. This painting is not for sale but I have some wonderful snow scenes to buy reasonably unframed. Send me an email if you are interested in purchase. You can buy a work of art for less than $100 based on size and shipping. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and thanks for visiting my blog. Scroll thru the blog there are some great recipes too!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What's On The Easel ?

I'm finished with The Runner and though I'm not entirely happy with the arms, I may try to rework but the arms have really puzzled me because of the foreshortening effect of the photo. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know!