Peacock Painting

Peacock-Painting

“Peacock Standing”

Watercolor Peacock Painting

watercolor on 140# Strathmore cold press paper
[ original painting is available ]
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This peacock painting is inspired by topiaries at the Dallas Arboretum. Exploring the garden is a favorite source of inspiration. Always changing colors, shapes and a peaceful atmosphere create an ideal environment for encouraging creativity. [ see photos ]

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The stylized birds stood proud against a blue sky and were grounded with beds shaped like peacock tails, planted with colorful flowers.

After visiting the garden, I sketched a few peacocks in my sketchbook. When a color scheme and bird profile was established, I translated it into this painting.
[ see the sketch ]

Pumpkin Seed Brittle Recipe

(originally posted 10/2011)
fall holidays 2011
I’ve been thinking about the traditions we celebrate in our home & how integral they are to our lives. Things like decorating the house for the holidays, “must-watch” movies, and gatherings of relatives we may not see for another year. My FAVORITE traditions, though, are the ones that bring us into the kitchen and engage us in creating something together.

Of course, October means pumpkins – and pumpkin carving. Along with pumpkin carving comes scraping & seeding; and sometimes the toasting of pumpkin seeds in the oven.

Here is a tasty recipe to try with these toasty treasures – pumpkin seed brittle!

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Ingredients

– 1 1/2 cups white sugar
– 2/3 cup water
– 2/3 cup light corn syrup
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 1 cup toasted (lightly salted) pumpkin seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 1/2 teaspoons water

Directions:

1) Generously butter a 12×18 inch cookie sheet. Set aside.

2) Combine salt, vanilla, baking soda and water in a small bowl and set aside close by.

3) Heat sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir well and bring to a slow boil. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

4) Add butter and pumpkin seeds to skillet. Continue cooking until mixture turns a caramel color. Remove from heat.

5) Add the salt, vanilla, baking soda and water mixture; mix well and fast.

6) Pour onto prepared cookie sheet. Use back of buttered spoon to spread thinly and evenly. Allow to cool completely. Break into pieces.

* Store in an airtight container

Tt seems that traditions last because they bring us together, and cause us to interact with each other – stimulate our senses and create lasting memories.

Summer Colors – Photography

Summer colors are bright and energetic. They invoke memories of the beach and the warmth of the sun.

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SunflowerSunColors like red, orange, peach and yellow remind us of summer days. These colors can be found in flowers like bougainvillea, sunflowers and echinacea.

Summer colors can also be an invitation to relax and enjoy a moment of bliss.

WaterLilies
TreeBarkNothing is quite as relaxing as a lazy afternoon with a summer breeze. Birds sing and clouds tumble by, persuading us to lie back, close our eyes and enjoy the moment. Summer colors like lavender, mossy green and soft brown compliment the relaxing side of the season. These colors can be found in water lilies floating on a pond, or under the shade of a big tree.

Tips for Decorating with Summer Colors: Mix warm colors like peach and yellow with cooler colors like lavender and green to create a sense of sunshine and serenity.

Watercolor in Progress

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“A Light to Lead the Way”

This watercolor in progress is a small study. Trees are painted along a country road in the dark of night. Little lights shimmer in the tree tops, brightening the way for any traveler.

Landscape Watercolor – End of Summer

landscape-watercolor

An original landscape watercolor of a tree. This sturdy tree is standing in a green meadow, surrounded by swirling gray clouds and a red patch of summer flowers. This surreal landscape would look groovy on any wall.
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“End of Summer”

Landscape Watercolor Painting

watercolor & ink on cold press paper
[ original landscape watercolor is available ]

EndofSummerCardsArt Print Cards
This landscape watercolor is available as a 5 card set. Cards are printed on heavy watercolor paper in my home studio, and come with A1 size envelopes.
[ landscape watercolor cards ]

Summer Ends
The grass is dry, just barely green
and the sky begs for rain.
A hot sun waits a little longer
before it starts the day.
Tree branches reach out, full of leaves
and summer ends with a lazy breeze.