Saturday, June 23, 2018

 Painting #44 is a painting of key limes. Key limes are smaller than "traditional" grocery store Persian limes. It has more acid, is thinner skinned, and is rounded. It is the ingredient in the famous KEY LIME PIE of Florida.
More Landscape Paintings can be found here.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Lunch in St Petersburg with Friends

My friends L & R and I try and get together for a girls lunch every few months.
This past month we went to Red Mesa Cantina in downtown St. Petersburg.
 The day was beautiful, so we sat outside in the garden with fountains umbrellas at each table. The food is absolutely delicious. L loves plantains, so she ordered a plate for the table. They were scrumptious. I ordered snapper ceviche (my favorite) and these out of this world, tuna tacos made with jalapeño and coconut milk. Oh, the food was heavenly.
L had tacos which she loved and R ordered a brunch egg dish with sweet potatoes and chorizo. Everyone loved their food.
 Even though we were all stuffed, we shared an apple empanada with caramel ice cream. Phenonemal.
Our waitress was friendly and offered suggestions when asked. L has a penchant for asking people about themselves. She asks people about themselves and they love to talk! Our waitress enthusiastically told us that she was from Louisiana and gave us a brief explanation of the differences between Creole and Cajun. It was very interesting and fun!
 After lunch, we walked around the city, went to a museum and found some amazing sights.
 These gorgeous flowers were in bloom along the sidewalks.
 The skyscrapers have popped up in the last 6 years. They create a detailed skyline of downtown St Pete (DTSP).
There are murals everywhere. Each time I go downtown, I find new ones. This one is in front of a speakeasy! The stairs lead to a bar and nightclub. 
Next month, we plan on going back to DTSP for more exploring.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Spatter Printing

I took some time and did some printing using the Gelli Arts® Gel Plate. I wanted to make some background papers for an upcoming collage and needed papers with reds, whites, and blues. The Gel Plate is a great tool for printing and it allows me to create the look I want with as much or little color as I chose. Here's a 7 minute "lesson" on creating Spatter Printing.  Really, it couldn't be easier!





Here are some other posts with using Gel Plate:

Making Gift bags using the Gel Plate http://bit.ly/2tqFwoMMaking a Seashell Book out of Printed Papers http://bit.ly/2I7PYa5The Hidden Stencil Technique http://bit.ly/2tf8AQO

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Blessings

This week has been full of blessings.
Summer temperatures have arrived in Florida. It's been a sweltering 89 degrees each day. We're beginning to have afternoon thunderstorms again.
Our friend visited from Canada. It was great to see him again.
Jon and I went to the movies to see Incredibles 2. It was a very fun movie.
Theo, Claudia, and Ellie finished their school year and are on summer break!
I've been so motivated to do more artwork. This week, I spent more time painting, researching, and drawing. I've also started working with polymer clay.
My tennis has been going well. I took a great lesson and Jon and I did a challenging clinic.
Jon and I went in to the gulf for 30 minutes this week and the next day we found out there was a Jellyfish Warning for the week. We're so lucky we weren't affected.
We also went for a walk this week on the beach and I found some gorgeous shells and three shark teeth.