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The Purple Cake

The first birthday postcard hit the mail this week. This was from a stock photo from Unsplash so thank you to photographer Heather Barnes. Jadeite Dish is a favorite obsession of mine. This was a fun one to do. It’s best that I paint cakes rather than bake cakes. There are only two of us…

Alert Rabbit

Alert Rabbit was painted in oil during the Winter of 2022. Our farm is hopping with rabbits; they’re always alert for predators and me sneaking pictures from them. He was sent out as a Thank You card to one of my favorite people. I added prints of him to our shop if you want an…

Pink Cocktails

Holidays, birthdays and special events pop up, and I always sigh and say I should have made a card as I sift through the cards at the store. This year, I decided to do something about it. I found some kraft paper postcards for oil painting and bought a batch. I pick a photo from…

Nick’s Rosy Cheeks

This is a 9″x12″ original oil painting. Painted on wood panel. Frame not included. The frame can be displayed without a frame. Rosy cheeks buffeted by the blowing snow, Nick walked toward his waiting sleigh. Pulling his heavy jacket close about his face, he prepared for the evening’s journey. Undaunted by the coming weather, he…

Antique Wooden Cheese Boxes

Why does a girl want a cheese box? I love Cheese boxes! No, I don’t need big rounds of cheese to age. My mom always stuck the most interesting things in the boxes growing up. I could always find an Early American Life Magazine in there. Strange, a ten-year-old reading Early American Life, yes, but…

8.0 Dark Raven

Dark Raven is right. Phew I wanted him dark and moody and I definitely went all in. First bird in oil and I think he will fit right in with my Halloween decor for October.

7.0 Country Path

Size: 9x12Medium: Oils What I’ve learned in oils so far. I never think I’m doing it correctly or think I’m going to like it until the last 20 or 10 minutes. Once I add the finishing touches of lights and shadows it all comes together. Kinda like magic and don’t we all need a little…

6.0 Apple Harvest

9 x 11.5 Oil on Wood Board Apple Harvest is based on a photo by Tiffany Anthony.  Here is my impression. I love dark reds and moody paintings. It’s apple season here. The harvest isn’t great this year, most likely due to a surprise storm in the spring and dry weather. You can still find an…

5.0 Pumpkins and Peppercorns

Tis the season for everything pumpkin. I was feeling dark and moody for Autumn. I found this still life photo on Unsplash from Fraizer Dunleavy. Oil painting 5 is done and on to the next. 

4.0 Red Pear

After the berry day, I had to go back to the pears for a boost of confidence. Happy little red pear.

3.0 Blackberry

Blackberry was a class study piece. I think if I redid it again, I would make the bowl bigger than suggested in class and do the check pattern differently. Of course, I think I’m thinking acrylics because doing the background and then laying out the blue pattern would be easy. In oils, it may get…

1.0 The Silver Cup

So come on my journey while I dabble in oil painting. I’ve always been bemused with oils. They seemed like an unattainable goal. During college, I never was taught oil painting. The painting classes I had weren’t very helpful. We met twice a week and painted and critiqued each other’s work. Some of my pieces…

Spanakopita

Ingredients 2 C Feta Cheese2 tbs Flour1 C Shallot chopped3 tbs Butter2 C Cottage Cheese1 lb Phyllo Dough1 cup Melted ButterSalt and Pepper2 lb Spinach frozen1/2 tsp Oregano chopped1 tbs Basil chopped2 tsp Fennel Instructions Steam and Chop Spinach. Salt and Pepper lightly and cook, adding to water for 5 minutes. Cook shallots in 3…

Daffodils

This week walk around your garden and take stock of where your daffodils are popping up. Do you have just the right amount or maybe you need a bit more? A good rule of thumb is to order bulbs when the flower is blooming. You have the best selection in the garden catalogs and online…

Full Swing into the Seeding Season

All of our seeds are bought and delivered. They’re all anxiously awaiting to get into their trays. We have dahlias in the greenhouse just starting to shoot up with some new life. I have 90% of this year’s flowers on our website. They all show out of stock until they’re ready for harvesting. The Bouquet Pre-Order…

Stamped Holiday Spice Cookies

The Western New York Winter has blown in early this season. I didn’t finish all of my fall chores. The hickory tree still has lots of leaves that won’t get raked. A handful of garden beds look unruly, but the wildlife will be thankful for the shelter and perchance some scrumptious vegetation to munch on…

Savor Fall with Fish House Punch

There is a reason that we live in Western New York, and that is there is a change of seasons. We hear the complaints about how awful winter is here, but what is horrible is having the same weather all the time. A change of season is good. This year, we deemed the summer the…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

During the season, Bruce and I go less and less to the local grocery stores and focus most of our shopping in our own garden or the great farmer’s markets around us. We live smack in the middle of three such markets, Anderson’s Produce, Carlberg Farmstand and Peterson’s. Anderson’s last week had Brussels sprouts on…

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