News In the Studio   After spending the last two years on my Garden series, I've been itching to work with figures again. A commission to paint a f

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In the Studio


After spending the last two years on my Garden series, I've been itching to work with figures again. A commission to paint a friend's two adorable boys (above right) was a great kick off. I like to have several paintings underway at the same time, as you can see in the studio shot. More about this on my blog. Here are a few new pieces in progress...

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Kent Summer Art Exhibit


Dream Garden, 80"x24"

A few of my Garden paintings have been selected for the Kent Summer Art Exhibition. This annual juried art exhibit is displayed salon style in the Centennial Center Gallery and adjacent conference rooms to accommodate over 40 regional artists. Work is on display June 15 through August 31, 2012, with a reception on July 11th from 5-7:30 pm.



Taos Flower


This painting was the first in my "Garden" series. It all started with a little app called "Brushes" on my iPhone. Using your finger, you can "paint" on the screen with this app. I was playing around with layering designs and botanical shapes, and wondered how these images might translate to canvas. "Taos Flower" was my first attempt. This piece recently sold at the Lucia Douglas Gallery.


As a side note - the Brushes app allows you to watch your iPhone paintings as videos.

Here is a video of that first image unfolding.



Ellen Hopkins Fountain

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Ellen Hopkins Fountain is a talented New York landscape painter who I had the good fortune of meeting years ago (16?!) at a painting workshop. We've been friends ever since, and traveled together to a Taos workshop just a couple of years ago. Nature is Ellen's inspiration. I have witnessed this first hand as countless times while driving around New Mexico we found ourselves pulled off the road to capture a shot of a tree with long afternoon shadows, or a fog bank lifting over a meadow. Her focus is on the shapes and color relationships of the earth. In her talented hands, the essence and spirit of nature are captured.

Ellen is represented by the Allen Sheppard Gallery in NYC, and The Green Gallery in Guilford, CT. Read more about Ellen here.


The Art of Food


Quinoa Pilaf with Leeks and Fresh Corn

Quinoa is my new favorite food. The first couple of times I tried it I was underwhelmed, but I kept trying different combinations of ingredients until I found one I truly love.

Sometimes onion is just too harsh, and leeks are so mellow, they are perfect here. The corn I used was left over from cooked corn on the cob, and although it may be easier to open a can, I think there is a distinct flavor difference. Next time you're having corn on the cob, throw in an extra couple of ears, and plan to make this pilaf next - you'll love it.

1 leek - cut off the dark green, use the white, finely chopped
1 large ear of corn, cooked and cut off the cob
1 cup dry quinoa, soaked
handful of fresh spinach, torn
2 cups broth or water

Saute leeks and corn in a bit of olive oil until leeks are just beginning to brown. Add quinoa and broth, and finish cooking according to package directions. Add spinach and toss to wilt. Salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

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