Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book and Apples


Here’s the latest.  I love the book and the shadows, still working on the apples.  My teacher said I should not be treating oil painting like watercolors and I need to put the oil on the canvas.  (To make the color last, I was dipping the brush in turpenoid or mixing it with a liquid compound.  Guess I’ll have to get over my fear of never finding the exact color a second time!  I just take my palette knife and go around the palette, I’ll have to pay closer attention.)

The first one is before I made a few changes to the apples.

Apples 1

The second one below is after I made some slight changes to the right side apple trying to get it to look less like a peach!  My art teacher gave me some good ideas – take out the yellow stripe that’s on the apple, but confuses the eye.  And the light reflection should be palest lavendar rather than pink.  Will try to incorporate this week and paint on!


Back to Simple


Last week, my painting looked so amateurish, I didn’t even put up a picture.  My teacher said try not to paint looking DOWN, especially at a circular pot.  She also said there’s no shame in painting a lemon.  From that, I took it that I need to simplify and keep painting manageable objects that focus my eye.  This past Sunday, success – I feel like my eye is back.  Painting May

And in the spirit of full disclosure, here’s my disheartening one from last week.  Although I learned a lot from the exercise, so thanks, little painting!



Book of Hours


St Ambrose, Book of Hours

Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves: St Ambrose. 1434-40

I love these little miniature books and can only imagine the life’s blood that went into them by the artists.  Look at the mussels or clams rendered in this picture.  Gorgeous!

Why mussels?  “The peaceful coexistence of the crab and mussels surrounding St. Ambrose, for example, are a commentary on his preaching abilities, for it was said he could reconcile the most bitter of enemies. (In the natural world mussels clamp down in the presence of crabs, which crave their delicate flesh.)”

Check this link.  You can see all of the Book of Hours in all its glory.  The internet is a blessing for me today!


Guardian Angel


“When tempted, invoke your Angel. he is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”  – St. John Bosco

Now THIS is a Guardian Angel.  Or actually, I think it’s an Archangel.  Pretty sure my guardian angel is named Agnes,  🙂Guardian angel


Sorrel Quiche


I want to use this weeks fresh herb before it dries out on me!  (Does sorrel qualify?  It looks more like spinach.  Maybe it’s a vegetable.  Hmmm.)


Sorrel   Sorrel and Goat Cheese Quiche
A Luna Circle Farm original recipe

  One pie crust

  2-3 cups sorrel, coarsely chopped
a few scallions, chopped
3-4 ounces goat cheese (chevre) [ I’m going to try feta this time]
3 eggs
1½ cups milk
¼ teaspoon salt
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread goat cheese (or any strong flavored cheese) in the bottom of a piecrust. Cover with chopped sorrel and scallions. Beat eggs, salt and milk together. Pour over greens. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.


Concoction and Tonic

Leaves can be used for tea - and also toilet paper!


I have had such a good time with my CSA boxes this year.  White Oak Pastures now includes a bunch of herbs.  This week it’s sorrel, last week it was citrus thyme.  I wrapped the thyme in a damp paper towel, put it in the fridge and promptly forgot about it.  Found it today, a little dry and sad looking.  I took the rubber band off and crushed the whole bunch, stems and all, down into my tea basket, along with 2 teaspoons of dried mullein leaf and a teaspoon of dried spearmint from my herb garden last year.  WOW!  This stuff is wonderful.  Mullein is one of my favorites for health – great for your trachea and bronchial tubes, good for your stomach and calms your head – but the sweetness of the mint and tart citrus flavor make it one I’d drink just for the taste!  Just let me husband have a sip and he said, “Umm, complicated.  Tastes like gummi bears.” That’s good,right?  🙂

The Abbess Hildegard von Bingen stated, “He who drinks a cup of thyme tea instead of coffee in the morning will soon feel the beneficial effect: enlivened spirits, great comfort in the stomach, no coughing in the morning and an overall well-being.”

Mullein is really pretty in the garden, as you can see, although I’ll bet it takes over.   You can use the leaves for tea, chew on them to relieve breathing issues when walking, even use the leaves for toilet paper.  They are apparently good medicine for hemorrhoids.  Looks like I’ll be ordering more seeds!