Thursday, March 11, 2021

I’m back with some new thoughts and ideas for 2021

I can’t believe my last post was October but I’ve been painting and enjoying all things art this long covid
Here are some things I’ve done

I know it’s a bunch of crafty stuff and painting but a girl has to keep busy during 
A lock down!
I’m working on a new painting and my next post will be about that!

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sketching At The Clark

One of my favorite paintings is Renoir’s Onions that is part of the French Impressionist paintings at the Clark 
Renoir painted these onions on a trip to Italy and though it is a still life, he paints it with the same interest
And care as his nudes.
Sketching really familiarizes me to the composition and style of the painting. There is so much to learn.
I may try a pastel of this painting which will be another learning experience!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What’s on the Easel !?

Started this painting with a Watercolor wash and then just starting to work out the composition on 400 Uart paper, stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Here’s a pie crust recipe tried and true

🔵Jinny's (Mom's) Pie Crust
I made this
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Crust for a two crust pie 
Servings: 6-8
  • 2 ¼ Cups Flour
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • 1 Cup Crisco
  • About ½ Cup of cold Orange Juice
  1. Place flour and salt in bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Cut in Crisco with a pastry cutter until the flour looks like little beads of goodness
  3. Slowly pour in Orange Juice into flour mix  and stir till dough comes together and holds its shape
  4. Place a large sheet of plastic wrap down on your surface and dump the dough onto the wrap
  5. Cover and shape into a ball
  6. Place in fridge and refrigerate at least one hour till thoroughly chilled
  7. Assuming you have prepared your chilled or room temp filling , have it ready to fill pie,have the oven preheated to temperature for the specific type of pie you are making
  8. Remove Thoroughly chilled  dough from the fridge
  9. Cut half of dough ball and return other to fridge
  10. Place dough on floured surface and roll out to desired size. Place in pie plate
  11. Next roll out top of pie crust
  12. Fill pie with filling(filling must be chilled or at least room temp)
  13. Place top crust on pie and crimp edges together to seal tightly
  14. Poke holes in top with fork or knife at least three , artfully !
  15. Place in preheated oven till golden brown accordingly and following your filling recipe directions!
  • If I am making a fruit pie,I use instant tapioca and follow the directions for fruit pie on the back of box. If I am making a Quiche or Pot Pie, I use ice water instead of OJ. 
  • The most important thing to consider in making any pie is that all elements should be chilled before placing in preheated oven. 
  • Fun ideas: I often add thyme and Parmesan cheese to chicken pot pie crust 
  • Cheddar cheese to Apple Pie crust 
  • Don't add a lot just enough to give flavor and not compromise the crust! 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Sandi Graham Pastels: What’s On The Easel

Sandi Graham Pastels: What’s On The Easel: Vassar Pond 8X 10 pastel on Uart 400 Last year I took some photos while at cross country meet at Vassar College I was walking past this pond...

Monday, March 23, 2020

What’s On The Easel

Vassar Pond 8X 10 pastel on Uart 400
Last year I took some photos while at cross country meet at Vassar College
I was walking past this pond and photographed it, planning a future painting.
So here it is! 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sketching On Vacation

Keep sketching is the thing artists either like or love. There are many opportunities and great stuff to sketch anywhere you may be.
Sitting on a beach, for example!

Bring that sketch book and a pen , go for it!