No Cats, Just Bottles

I continue to be excited by wine bottles, so I am exploring many ways to express them.  Slowly other bottle shapes are seeping into my work.  Andrea has the cats, I have bottles at the moment.


Honey Lemon Chipolte Glaze

I love lemons.  They are so refreshing and so good for you, too.  I probably use 8 or 10 organic lemons a week.  They are equally fun to sketch, as well.  One day, I just picked up a pencil and did a couple of quick sketches before making dinner.

This particular night we were grilling wild salmon.  I have a glaze I have been making for years which consists of honey, ground chipolte pepper and lemon juice.  It is one of those sweet, hot and acidic tastes that somehow seems to work.  Do you use chipole in your cooking?  We prefer it to regular cayenne pepper as it is far more smoky.  Indeed it is smoked jalapenos!

Do you ever sketch your meals or any parts of them?   KRF

Derecho Storm



I said to Lesley, who writes the Glitz Art Glass blog, about one of her earlier comments; Andrea and I try to sketch each day.  Andrea is much better at doing that than I am, but I try.  Last week when the “derecho storm” hit our area things were really thrown off.  We lost power (and many poor souls still do not have it returned to them), internet, cell/mobile and land line phones, emergency contact phone (911) and we were even boiling our drinking water for a bit.  In a moment our lives were turned topsy-turvy, as we had very little warning about the destructive power of this thing.  During the event, I completely forgot about sketching as I was trying to keep myself cool and after that there were far too many other things happening like checking on people who still did not have power, etc.  I finally got around to making this sketch while looking out my front window, because going outside in this heat was not going to happen! Okay, so Andrea prodded me along to make it, too!

The frequency of these amazing storms really befuddles me.  You think of hurricanes and earthquakes doing tons of damage, but who had heard of “derecho”, well maybe weather people, but not so much artists!  Lesley also reminded me it was last year this time when New Zealand was suffering with the wrath of nature with mud slides and terrible flooding not to mention that being on the heels of two devastating earthquakes.  The wildfire in Colorado Springs has also had its way with a heavily populated area.  Sometimes I wonder if the earth is trying to tell us something.  In the end, she will win!

Plastic Nemesis


One might normally say they have a love/hate relationship with something, but I am not finding a great deal of “love” in my relationship with plastics!  They are bad for the environment, they are bad for your health and they have caused so many issues it is hard to name them all.  Of course, it is nearly impossible to live a life in the western world without plastic, too.  It is everywhere, in our homes, in our cars, in my studio, etc.  I can’t get away from it, but I can limit it in my kitchen and recycle as much as possible.  What our recycling company will not take, we try to find a way to get it reused.  Do you return your plastic bags to the store?  That is an important thing to do.  I shop at a grocery store that has stopped using plastic carrier bags, although I always carry reusable bags with me – they are attached to my set of keys!  In my kitchen, I now use glass and aluminum where I used to use plastic!  I am sure many of you already know about BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastics, so I will not even go into that here on an art blog!  I just want to encourage you to remember to be thoughtful when you make purchases.

This particular non-dominate hand sketch is of a satchel I found when we lived in England.  I love it so much and it is made from recycled plastic bags!  When you can’t recycle the plastic you have at home, think of another use for the item.  The environment will thank you and your health will reward you!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

Lemon Pasta


Andrea and I are having a love affair with pasta, but who does not?  I also have a huge love of lemons.  I can’t get enough lemon.  A while back I heard someone talking about Lemon Pasta which sounded really good to me. I thought I could come up with some recipe for a Lemon Pasta and this is what came of said thought.  It is a very basic recipe and many things could be added to it to make a wonderful meal.  I even change it around for myself, as I cannot have any dairy products.  You could add some nice dark green veggies, chicken or fish if you eat such things, how about chopped walnuts or just about anything you like.  You could even make it a creamy lemon sauce by adding cream or take it in a Greek direction with feta cheese.

So here is what you do.  Cook you favorite shape pasta the way you normally do, but save some of that cooking water at the end.  When the pasta is cooked, drained and in a bowl, toss in lemon zest, lemon juice and the garlic.  These quantities depend on how many people you are feeding.  Most people like one lemon per serving, but I prefer two.  One garlic clove per serving is my preference, but some people may want more.  At any rate, once the lemon and garlic are tossed with the hot pasta, then add in that reserved pasta water.  Begin adding by a large tablespoon (I do not mean the measuring type, but the serving type) at a time.  When you feel there is a nice, light sauce you can stop.  There does not have to be a lot, but enough to keep it moist.  Place this in a serving bowl and top with a beautiful, hard Italian cheese.  You can grate or chip that cheese, depending on your preference. 

I buy as much organic as I can and encourage you to do the same.  If you cannot tolerate wheat, why not try rice noodles.  While the pasta water may not make as nice a sauce, I think it would work very well.  If you cannot tolerate dairy, nutritional yeast or a vegan Parmesan would work just fine.  This is such a flexible recipe, I think you will be able to easily make it your own!  While it does have pasta, it does not have any oil, butter or other added fat.  That is a plus.

Lemon Pasta is a lovely base for leftovers, so I hope you enjoy it!