Friday, July 24, 2009

What's goin' on in the kitchen

So last night I did a little Experimenting in the kitchen I made:

Balsamic Cream Sauce with Mushrooms and Asparagus


tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 onion, minced
2 tablespoons garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
1 cup heavy cream (I have used 1 cup skim milk and tastes just the same)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Optional: Mushrooms and Asapargus

Heat olive oil and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion, and garlic, cook until it has caramelized to a dark, golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, and cook for 1 minute before stirring in the chicken bouillon and cream. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted.

I added sauteed chicken to the mix. I just mixed some italian bread crumbs with parmesan and sauteed in olive oil, 5 minutes on each side, and then threw it in the oven for another 10 minutes. One problem with me and cooking is that I don't measure. I try, then I forget. It hasnt gotten me in trouble so far!

What's goin' on in the studio

I have had a couple days off of work from my summer gig and I was able to paint a bit. I am currently working on two paintings and in the beginning of hashing out the idea for a third. My new theme or concept is people's dishonesty with themselves. It has been something that I have been thinking about for a while and a long discussion that I had with a good friend recently. People hide behind anything, beauty, betrayal, power, different vices. To be true to one's self is a beautiful thing, but how often do we do it?

This piece I just finished a bit ago. When looking at it now, I am unhappy with the face and will probably go back and work on that. For now, it can just hang in my spare bedroom where no one can really see it.

Here is a piece that is in its finishing stages. This is this poor canvases third painting.

This is in the working stage. Not sure where it's heading quite yet. It seems to change on a daily basis.

Here's a sketch for whats next in line. I'm excited to get this one started.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ok...Ok...I did it!

I am now officially a blogger. We are going to see how this goes. I need a new avenue to let people know what I am doing. I am horrible at returning calls, and few people know what I do on a regular basis (even my mother), so I thought I would blog about it.

A quick run down about me, I am getting ready to start my second year of teaching high school art. NEVER thought in a million years that I would be an art teacher, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I currently reside in University City, MO and have two dogs, Floyd and Roman. I am also dating Nick, the best man on the face of the earth and we just celebrated our one year anniversary.

My two loves in life art and food. I love to create just about anything in the kitchen and in my studio. This blog will document my experimentations with different artistic concepts, mediums, and different recipes. Stay tuned for the good, the bad, and the ugly and don't hesitate to email me and let me know what you think!

Happy bloggin,