Thursday, September 19, 2013

Serendipity - Mixed Media Art Class

Andrea - 11 "x 14" Mixed Media on 80lb Paper

   I've been into art all my life. Painting was always something that amazed me and I've always wanted to try it, but mainly I just doubted myself so I had never really done it before. I actually took a class when I was in college and I thought it would be awesome, but there was too little time to learn all the different mediums and techniques plus the professor let his taste get in the way of critique. That didn't help with the self doubt. Then the other day I was browsing through a mixed media art group in Facebook and I found the most gorgeous painting. When I looked closely, the artist Juliette Crane was advertising an online class. :D It was a year-long class in mixed media called Serendipity. :D One of the goals of the teacher in this class is to teach the students to let go and have fun with what they're doing so that it gets reflected in their work. I registered myself as soon as I could and started having lots of fun painting this girl.

   This is my background that I made from painted papers and newspaper images of popcorn, nature and a bacteria. ;) I can't wait until I have all the supplies so that I can have lots of fun experimenting.

   This is a little bit forward in the process, I had already started with the face and the background was a lot busier. A couple of hours later Andrea came to be and I couldn't be prouder of my first painting ever. I think I'm going to frame it. ;D

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Quick Yeast Bread - Review


   It's been a long time since my last food related post, but I really wanted to share this with you. We recently moved to a new apartment and our new stove has a reliable oven in which we can bake bread. YAY! My partner and I used to have a toaster oven, but we never dared bake real bread because we were sure that the temperatures weren't accurate. So we were eager to try and after we searched the internet for quick and delicious yeast bread recipes we stumbled upon this one.

Quick Yeast Bread | Recipe here

   First thing! This bread is delicious, it has a very soft crumb that is very neutral in taste which means you can add as many ingredients as you like to make a bread that will suit your taste and your needs. Second! The crust is crispy, it gives the bread character and helps it withstand with much more dignity the process that converts it into french toasts. :P Third! It was fun and quick to make. You should try it too.

French toasts with fruit salad.

   We were so eager to try our bread that we whipped up the dish below; pasta marinara, corn on the cob, salad, avocado and our homemade bread, fresh out of the oven and spread with vegan butter. Yeah... We're trying vegan/vegetarian now, my partner has always been interested so we decided to give it a try.

   What have you been up to all this time?
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