Monday, October 29, 2012

From Flowers to Jelly Fish

Well, I am drawn once again to the jelly fish today when I was looking through my inspiration photos.  I hope the people who keep asking for jelly fish like this!

Jelly Fish
18"x18" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Delicious buttermilk gluten-free pancakes!

Wow!  These turned out even better than the typical buttermilk pancake!  I didn't even miss the gluten!

Obviously, to cook GF you need special flours and starches, so I recommend either hitting Bob's Red Mill in Portland (as I did) or going online to King Arthur Flour and finding the ingredients and keeping them handy.

So far I have made GF pizza dough (yummy and crispy!!), GF pancakes now and GF bread.   All worked out great once I got used to the different texture and long list of ingredients that accompanies GF recipes.

Give these pancakes a try.  They were so good I ate mine sans butter, sans syrup and sans jelly.  They were so good by themselves!!

1 1/2 cups of GF Flour mix (This is a blend of 140g of brown rice flour, 47g of potato starch & 23g of tapioca starch/flour)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons sugar (I used maple sugar!!! Made it delish!  Could smell the hint of maple sweetness and taste it too!)
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk at room temperature (I use the dehydrated buttermilk powder so I can have buttermilk in the house all the time - this stuff is amazing)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 extra-large egg, room temperature

Heat your griddle to medium high
In a large bowl, place the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar and whisk together well.
In another bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk and butter.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients on top and whisk until all the lumps are gone.
I ladle the batter onto the griddle and when one side looks dry and has holes in it, I flip over and cook until lightly browned on the other side.

These are best served nice and hot off the griddle!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink Poppies

Pink Poppies
14"x11" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Friday, October 19, 2012

White Poppies

My painting today!  Enjoy!

"White Poppies"
12"x12" oil painting on 3/4" profile canvas

Mini Flowers

Trying to play around with ideas and decided to go smaller this time with a mini version of a painting I have had in my head for a while.

4"x4" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gerbera III

No...these aren't romantic titles for my paintings, but I am so involved in the learning process, the feeling out of technique, the feeling out of my desires, inspirations, and ability to convey my feelings for the subject onto the canvas that I find each painting more of a study rather than an art piece.  A lesson for me to learn from.  A project to complete to guide me to my next project.  I am so wanting the art to teach me about myself that I attach a title to the pieces that are purely descriptive.  It helps me detach from it, step back from the easel so to speak and evaluate, learn, observe and feel.

So...I present...

Gerbera III
18"x24" oil painting on canvas 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Seattle Inspirations!

My latest work, another study of the wonderful Gerbera Daisies I photographed in Seattle.  

Gerbera II
11"x14" oil painting on 1 1/2" profile canvas

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Memories of Seattle. Part I

It has only been a little over a week since I left Seattle and came home, but it feels a lot longer!  I have already been teaching classes three times a week and just getting a month's worth of dirt and dust out of the house has taken all my other free time.  But...I have had some time to paint and today I painted from some photos I took at the U district's Saturday market...

"Saturday Market Gerberas"
Oil Painting 
11"X14" on museum quality flat panel