Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Auction ends July 11

I`m auctioning this wee painting on my facebook page.  6 x 12 x .75 acrylic on canvas.  The picture was taken with my iphone and is a bit blurry but actual painting is clear. Bidding started at $50.

Bites and Broken Bones

What is the Universe trying to tell me? On May 25th just after this gentle woodsy picture was taken, I was walking back to my car after a lovely hike and was attacked and bitten by a German Shepherd! Ouch! It was scary. The owners were there and quickly got the dog in control.
I went to the hospital, got a tetanus shot was bandaged up and sent home. It was pretty bad, flesh was torn and I was laid up for a week and then in discomfort for 4 more with several doctors visits and another hospital one. I got the go ahead to start walking just weeks ago and then....on July 1st went sailing and just before I took this picture....I had taken a bad fall. Really bad and hurt my hand and foot. Little did I know it was broken! (no alcohol was involved:) Sheesh.
So I now have a cast and crutches. Another 4-6 weeks of healing ahead of me, perhaps 8. I see Ortho next week so I might be able to ditch the crutches. I've been doing a lot or reading and Netflix watching:) Unfortunate thing is I am self employed and I still have to earn my living. Ah the joys and downfalls of self employment.
My daughter brought home some of my painting supplies from the studio so I am starting to do a few smaller works here. Healing bones is tiring work:) My energy is a bit lower than usual. Oh and did I mention that I can't drive until the cast comes off.....sigh
Halifax is quite a hilly city so when I am a bit stronger it should make for some interesting maneuvering.
I'm going to use this quiet time to get to work on some children's book ideas I have had kicking around for a while. Maybe that's what I am supposed to be doing and needed to be brought to a halt to get started haha. We shall see how inspired I get......
(these photos are all instagrams, I'm aliceinparis1 over there, you might have to have an instagram account in order to see it)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

1963 Buffet Cookbook, 51 years ago....

I love old cookbooks, they are a glimpse into our past and sometimes a baffling and quite entertaining one:) I came across this Better Homes and Gardens book while doing a bit of Spring cleaning.
Of course I had to stop and browse through it and then of course I had to take some pictures and share...... the ubiquitous jelly mold!
 "Come to our gay red carpet buffet"
Here's a recipe my mom used to make and actually it is really good!
 Some of these guys would pass for hipsters today haha
And of course....Banana Prune cake! What would a buffet be without it:) Ok, better get back to cleaning. If you would like this cookbook with 110 recipes, leave yourr name under here and I will add it to the entries on my facebook page. Draw ends Sunday May 18 at midnight.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The colour blue....

Finally a string of blue skies..... so nice to see you again.....
Blue glass in my forget-me-nots........

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

Once a babe, always a babe! Happy Mother's Day Mum! xo

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Unknown Story...

I adore this old picture. Paris I think.Wouldn't you just love to know what they were looking at so intently! Pictures like this inspire the storyteller in me. I want to create a narrative that includes this image. So many choices, kicking off the story or perhaps somewhere in the interior or maybe the closing image. Depends on the tale (tail)....

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Art Saves Lives

Wow o wow! This is Corbin, a student who was not too cool on school until his teacher discovered his amazing artistic talents. She thought he might be interested in my paintings because he loves colour and detail so they sat down and had a look at them. He was enthralled and inspired to create one of his own using several of mine as a guide.

 This is Corbin holding a "painting" (actually markers) that he and Sue McKean his teacher made using about ten of my paintings. Can you see the Peggy's Cove influence, the birdhouses, the wee boats and lights from my bunny painting, the cat on the fence and the cat in the moon? It was fun to find all the components Corbin  put together. He is a grade 5 student at Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth and rocks!! I might have to paint a copy of this Duffett mash-up:) Great work Corbin!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Quick Day in Chester

Hooray, Sunday was a day that almost felt like real Spring. It has been sooooo slooow in coming. Everything is lagging. Even the trees have hardly got any budding leaves. I had some work that needed attending to in Chester so I picked up my mom and off we went! First stop in the village was to check out Chez Glass Lass aka Kiln Art
I can't believe I've never been in their shop! One of my good market pals is part of the family that belongs to this lovely place. So full of light and colour and beautiful glass. Check out these plates!!! The centers are clear so they look like rings..
They design and create the work here in Chester and sell it worldwide. Complete entertaining sets, decorative pieces and functional ones as well..... I'd have a really hard time choosing.
Next stop was Going Coastal Gallery to drop off a couple of paintings. Robyn, the owner has a new daughter, Grace-Sea who is three months old, she will help her mind the gallery this summer:) 
I will be switching out work as it sells or doesn't sell throughout the year:)
Mum and I explored the village a bit, drooling at the gorgeous homes, many of which are empty at the moment waiting for their summer occupants. Sigh.
 Kiwi Cafe next for lunch..... one of my favourite spots for a bite to eat in Nova Scotia. In a few short weeks, that planter will be bursting with flowers!
I had a grilled brie, pear & arugula sandwich on orange raisin bread. nom nom. Sooo good. Next time I will try their veggie burger. People supposedly drive miles to come and have it!
On the way home we stopped at another fun and fave place. Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. It is a quirky place chock-a-block with antiques, art and collectibles.
Always something different here.. Can't decide whether I prefer the orange chair or...
the green chair...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Vegetarian / Vegan Chili Easy Peasy

Sunday morning, end of April and it is cold, grey and altogether uninviting outside. Perfect day to make some bright fragrant colourful chili. No real recipe, I just use what I have on hand. I use shortcuts with the beans, cans are fine. I drain and rinse them first. So here we go.... First chop two large onions and saute them in a heavy pot.( I dry saute them with no oil, when they start to stick I add a tiny splash of water or veggie broth). Add 3 cloves of minced garlic or more....

The story behind the two spoons is this... the small one is a regular sized spoon, the large one was from the set of The Shipping News, a movie with Kevin Spacey that was shot here. A friend of mine was the food stylist and gave it to me after the shoot. It was super sized and I just keep it for fun in my spoon jar on the kitchen counter...
Next add the chopped veggies you've assembled beforehand. I've got zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, celery, canned corn kernels drained and rinsed, bit of broccoli and some tomatoes.
 Dump them into the pot and stir for a bit.
 Add the spice. I used 3 tablespoons chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp of oregano and 1 tsp basil. I like my chili really seasoned. Use what you like and adjust for your own taste.
 Throw in the beans. I used red kidney and a can of mixed beans.
Next up add  a 28 oz can of chopped tomatoes and I had a smaller one of seasoned tomatoes so I added that too, as well as 2 cups of veggie broth. Preferably you add a tablespoon or two of tomato paste but I didn't have any. I like it just as well either way. Stir it all together. Cover and simmer away for about an hour or so. Stir occasionally.
Eh voila! I've topped it here with shredded spinach. You can eat it over rice or mashed potatoes and top with chopped avocado and shredded cheese or sour cream or whatever floats your boat. Easy peasy and very good:) Enjoy!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast!

This is a new painting and is available...send me a message if interested 30 x40"

Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert, wrote the book “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” I love these sorts of  info tidbits and  started reading to see if I do any of them and then what I should be doing that I am not:) She interviewed a lot of successful people and found a few rituals that were repeated with great frequency. Here are some of them and how I compare:)

1.Get up early. Really 5 or 6 or even 4:30. You use that time for yourself. 
CHECK: I get up early most days..around 6

2. Exercise. Do it so it gets done, the later you leave it the more likely other things will get in the way. CHECK: I am a morning exerciser for sure, as often as my will power allows. Not always before breakfast but right after if it is going to happen

3.Work on a top priority biz project. Still hours of the morning often are the perfect time to focus on an important work project without being interrupted. Spending time on it at the beginning of the day ensures that it gets your attention before others (kids, employees, bosses) use it all up. NOT: I am always working on things in my head but never really get up to do anything specific

4. Work on a passion project. This is the novel that you've always wanted to write, etc. the thing that is outside your usual to do lists. Doing a little bit every day rather than in intense bursts makes it more likely it will be completed. NOT:  All my projects are passion projects hah, I have a lot of ideas. I am scattered and this might be a way to get one done to completions.

5 .Network over coffee. Early meetings are great ways to start the day. Meet over breakfast instead of lunch. Good way to squeeze in some connecting time:) CHECK: I do this sometimes, should do it more often. Perhaps make it into a once a month or every two week thing.

6. Meditate. 20-minutes. Sit quietly and breathe and repeat a mantra or whatever practice suits you. The busier you are the more important it is you carve out time to do this. Helps you focus, lowers blood pressure, fills your brain with "feel good" chemicals, and is a mini vacation from the world. NOT: I DO plan on incorporating this...the more I read about it, the more important and powerful I realize it is. 

7.Plan and Strategize while fresh. Sit and go over what you want to accomplish in the day while your brain is rested and sharp. Make a plan. Chances are you will get things done. CHECK: I do go over my day and plan out what I am going to do. It works most times. I tend to over estimate what I can accomplish.

8.Check email. Get it done before the day starts. Sort out what has to be answered and attended to or discarded CHECK: I do my email, get any orders that have come in,update Facebook, answer queries, all first thing in the morning and then periodically throughout the day but the bulk is done early.

9. Read the news. Start the day knowing what's happening in the world. NOT: I do it sporadically. I should get an app for my phone so I can quickly scan it before the day gets going.

Well...I'm not doing to badly but there are things I could improve on. Here is another article that says we should do the OPPOSITE of some of these things haha. Go figure.... I guess it really boils down to what works for you!