New Beginnings

When I first started this blog, I envisioned showing and discussing everything that I did…not just paintings and art, but also cooking. SO, today (two years later) I’ve decided to start incorporating food into this blog as well as everything else.

Since my run was cut short last night by tornado like conditions…..I had a few hours to kill and I decided to try making some homemade cream of potato soup. Matt and I had been discussing how much we love potato soup the other day so I figured I would give it a shot. The goal was for it to be a nice “fall” dish. This didn’t really work out though considering the high yesterday was in the 80’s. Either way, the soup turned out to be a success. I should have taken a picture to post to the blog, but I ate it so quickly that I forgot :) Here’s the link to the recipe though for all of you cooks out there who would like to give it a try. I highly recommend it! Or, you can just come over and try some. I have about 5 or 6 containers frozen in my fridge for a snowy day.

So after devouring the fabulous soup, I moved on to painting. Well, actually that’s not completely true. I took an hour to clean off my palette before painting….yes, that’s right….an HOUR. ugh. My arm hurts today. Is that sad?

I needed to start some new paintings, so of course I reached for the wonderful Mars Violet and white. If you have read this blog in the past, you’d know that these are the two colors I use to create my mono-toned underpaintings. The first piece I worked on is for a friend of mine. It’s actually a painting that my friend is giving to her friends as a wedding gift. The picture I am painting from is one from a trip the two of them went on. Awwwww. Cute. I like to call it “Weeping Willow”. Creative, I know.

The second piece I worked on was one I am painting for my Etsy shop.  The image I am using comes from the wonderful and talented photographer Dave Fry. :) I can’t link to this fab photo because I found this picture a long time back on his site and printed it for later use. Dave, if you are reading this and could once again provide a link that would be sweet! Anyhow, this one is called “Lonely Tree”. Again, probably the most creative name I could ever think of.

I am definitely looking forward to adding some color on these once the underpaintings dry. Until then, I am anxiously waiting!

WHAT I’M READING NOW:

Last night, I just finished the book “Eat, Pray, Love”. A long time ago I vowed I would never listen to this book since there was so much hype surrounding it, but when the movie came out I gave in just to see what all the fuss was about. I guess I will give this book 3 stars. I liked it…but I didn’t like it THAT much. I just don’t think it deserved all that hype. Maybe it is because I just don’t relate to the woman who wrote this book at all. She seems like a very selfish and out of the ordinary and although her trips seem lavish and like something everyone wants to do at some point in life, I disagree. I think she was just a really unhappy person who was looking for happiness in all of the wrong places. I mean, the beginning of the book was good. I liked it up until the part when she went to India and started becoming all spiritual. Her little spiritual quests within herself were a bit much for me. From there, the book seemed to go downhill. It became all about how she “looked inward” to fight off the negative thoughts she had in life. I get this, but I do not get someone who goes to an island alone for weeks at a time and does nothing but sit on the beach all day long thinking. That’s just weird…I’m sorry.

The author came out with a second book called “Committed”. Just by reading the description of the book, I can tell that I should stay far far away from it. Basically, the description talks about how she struggles to fight her “internal thoughts” about love and relationships again. Another 8 hours of that? NO THANKS! Personally, I think this woman either A – is someone who makes a big deal out of nothing and over analyzes every part of life or B – is making vast amounts of money off fooling society into thinking that she does. Either way, I don’t like it.

Moral of the story….I am going to find a different book to read next and I don’t EVER plan on watching the movie. haha

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