Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bird Series: Kingfisher

Kingfishers, the blue and orange variety, are found in central and southern England and Scotland. They live near still water and slow moving waters, such as ponds, lakes, canals and some rivers. They hunt for fish and water bugs.
For the modified drawing, I added some shapes to signify tall grasses and some texture fore the background.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Illustrated Recipe: Maple Dijon Glaze

Here's another glaze recipe for proteins. I love it with pork and chicken because it adds a savory tang to foods. I used rosemary, but if you prefer try thyme or sage as you like.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Recaps... Bloopers and All

We had a great Easter dinner together and the weather was exceptional. We had a great time and missed the ones that couldn't make the trip, but we want you to know that we thought of you.
We'll start out with the good photos....
Give cousins... 4 pretty girls and 1 adorable boy. Ages 20 - 2! But, we are definitely a boot family.
Dame brought 3 dozen Cascaron eggs for us to celebrate Easter. The idea is that you smash the hollowed out confetti filled egg over someone's head and it brings you good luck for the next year. Some of us got VERY excited... Don't let her beauty fool you, this little girl was ferocious!
 Theo was no slacker and he waited for the right moment and then POUNCED.
 Even little Ellie tried her hand at the celebration. Her father patiently waited while she tried, once, twice, three smashes to break the egg. Poor Brian left with a mild concussion and a very happy daughter!
My brother and I reverted back to our childhood...
 And I couldn't let Claudia go away without a hair full of confetti! I finally caught up with her!
 But, I was not to be outdone! She quickly returned the favor.
 And little Ellie is a quick learner! She tried her hand at it...
 And she became an old pro... even got her Grandpa!
Our very enthusiastic guests!
And Theo was a master building a lego motorcycle.
And here are where the bloopers began...M and Brian wanted a family picture with Ellie who wasn't in the mood for it. In the photo you can see Ellie on the far right, playing in the woods. Ellie refused to sit for the photos.
 Until it came time for Dame & Laurie's family photo.  Guess who wanted in?  It will make an interesting Christmas card for next year!
 And we have a bear cub in the family. Theo jimmied up the tree as if he had claws. His parents yelled to him to stop there! He would have kept going all the way to the top if allowed!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you for gathering our family together today to celebrate the ressurrection of Jesus and the precious gift he gave to us on the cross. We thank you for our Easter meal. Please bless the hands that prepared it, and bless our home. In Jesus' name we pray, AMEN

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bird Series: Brown Bird

I sketched this brown bird from a photo by am not familiar with the type of bird. I loved it's feathers, round belly and the shape of it's beak.
I decided to make the background more dynamic with swirls that add movement. The stalks of dandelion sketches add something organic as well. I love the greens with the blues for a background.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Illustrated Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Here's a healthy recipe for chocolate pudding. The mystery ingredient? Ripe avocados! Their creamy texture lends itself to a thick, mousse like consistency. This recipe uses 2 T cocoa powder and 2 T sweetener - either honey, agave or brown sugar. But, feel free to adjust both for sweetness and chocolate flavor. Use milk (coconut, almond, or soy) to thin out the pudding. Blend all ingredients and then pour into 2 or 3 serving containers. Chill, covered with film in the refrigerator and serve.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bird Series: Green Honeycreeper

The Green Honeykeeper is a bird found in southern Mexico to Brazil. It's main food is fruit, nectar and insects.  The male is blue-ish green with a black head and iridescent coloring. The female is grass green and has neither the black head nor the iridescence. They are approximately 5 inches tall.
I added some grunge and messiness to the background to make the unusual coloring stand out. I added layers behind the bird and darkened edges.