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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recipe: Roasted Chickpeas

Here's an easy snack recipe that's heathy and easy to tailor to your tastes. Roasted Chickpeas are easy and quick and take less than 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish!
They are delicious to eat on their own or as a topping for salads in place of croutons. 

2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
2 T olive oil
salt, pepper
seasonings of choice: cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, spice blend, (whatever you like or none at all)

Preheat oven to 400 F
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Drain and rinse beans. Pat dry. Add them to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and any seasonings you like.
Pour into cookie sheet and place in oven for 30 - 40 minutes until chickpeas are brown, crisp and cracked.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Place in an airtight container.





Monday, April 14, 2014

Bird Series: Gray Headed Junco

 
The Gray Headed Junco is also called the Dark Eyed Junco and is actually a sparrow. They have white under feathers and are easy to recognize because they flash when they fly.
I wanted to digitally alter the background, but found that since I sketched it onto a Gelli-printed background (acrylic paint mono print) that it was hard to change it. I really liked the background as it was already, so I added some splotches of color instead of more texture or shapes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blessings

We were thrilled to visit the girls this weekend at Boston University. It was 70 in Boston and we had a great brunch and then went to view the Secret Selves Art Exhibit at the Sherman Gallery.
I had two tennis matches this week that were challenging. Jon had a match this week and fared better, taking home a win with his childhood instructor.
The girls went to a Hindu Festival of Holi and sent us this picture. They look like they had so much fun!
Spring has sprung... at least for now! We had warm temperatures all week and sunshine. It's been beautiful and I hope it continues.
I've been writing everyday and am so thrilled with the direction the next novel is taking.
Another busy week ahead; Easter Sunday, Patriot's Day and more tennis!