Another scrumptious no-cook recipe here, and this one is even less hands-in than the Peanut Butter Balls, yippi!
Here’s the break down:
1 can Black-Eyed Peas, drained and rinsed
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 avocado, sliced in cubes
1 red bell pepper, diced
Red wine vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, and cracked pepper
Put the drained and rinsed black-eyed peas in a medium sized bowl, then add the garlic, avocado, and red bell pepper. Sprinkle on some red wine vinegar and olive oil, just enough to coat the ingredients. And last, add some sea salt and cracked pepper for taste.
Enjoy alone or with your favorite tortilla chips. Yum!
We have lived in a lot of homes—one apartment, one townhouse, and seven houses—whoa! Sometimes we like to sit around and see if we can remember all the addresses of the tops off our heads which is fun because then it stirs up fun memories specific to each home. We’re going on two years in our current house, and I thought it would be fun to draw a portrait of it because I’m sure it won’t be too much longer before move on, again. Our home is a classic colonial style built in the mid-1980s and there really isn’t anything too exciting about the exterior. So with that, I decided to employ my youngest kiddo’s artistic expertise for the project. I did a really light, simple pencil sketch of the front elevation, and then had her paint it with the Kid Made Modern palette of watercolors. Once she was done with her masterpiece, I sketched over my very light pencil sketch with a black Sharpie Pen.
It turned out really awesome, in my opinion, and is begging for a frame! I love how this one turned out so much that I’m thinking about going back and doing some of our previous homes the same way.
Here’s the break down.
1 c peanut butter
1 c powdered milk (There are even Vegan options if you order ahead on Amazon)
1 c honey (local is best!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag of shredded cocoanut
Combine peanut butter, powdered milk, honey, and vanilla. Mix well! Once mixed, it should be kind of sticky, but shapeable. Pour some shredded cocoanut into a clean bowl. Pull about a tablespoon of the mixture out and roll in your hands to shape it into a ball. Drop the ball into the shredded cocoanut and gently roll it around to fully cover it. Place it on a plate and repeat. Once the mixture is all rolled up, cover the peanut butter balls and place them in the refrigerator for about two hours (if you can wait that long!) or until they firm up a bit. Then, enjoy!
The header was begging for a little something extra, so I decided to paint the town.
Generally, I don’t use pretty tape to hold my paper down, just some regular masking tape. But I since I’m not the only artist in the house, my supplies sometimes get used up before I know it. So, pretty tape it is!
I wanted to leave the background white since my plan was to use it as a header, so I started with the next biggest areas. I stuck with a very basic color scheme to keep it simple.
I did something completely new, seriously, something I’ve never even tried before; I visited a museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. All by my self. No kids in tow. No husband. No one, just me, well, and the other people who chose to visit that day, but I wasn’t responsible for them having a good time. Sure, it was for a homework assignment, but I still did it, so there.
I’m taking an art history course online at a local community college, also something I’ve never done before. There are a series of assignments due for the course and they all revolve around a single piece of art that I had to select. There were many contenders.
Like this one.
And this one.
Oh, and this one, which is cool because the artist gives tribute to Richard Diebenkorn (the artist who painted Ocean Park above) via the stucco. Can you see it?
And this one. The big red ugly dumpster is sort of an elephant in the scene isn’t it? So big ugly and intrusive, yet no one will even acknowledge it’s presents. Interesting.
But the one I loved the absolute most was this beauty.
Isn’t it lovely? I certainly think so. The woman has a story to tell, and even though this painting was done in the early 1900s there something very relevant about it. Those assignments are going to be fun!
This is a self portrait, and I have not done one of these in ages! As part of one of my current classes I had to do a two-day practicum in a visual arts classroom. One of the teachers I spent time with had assigned her students the task of painting self portraits; however, she kept mentioning how she had NEVER done one and never would. I am not sure of the reasoning behind that decision, but her comments made me wonder when the last time I had done one and recall how difficult it was to paint what I saw rather than what I thought I knew. Sort of like the Dove Real Beauty Project.
I sketched my portrait from a photograph and then left it taped and unpainted for nearly a month. Finally, I got the courage to paint it, and I’m pleased with the outcome. It certainly is not as realistic as my last attempt at a self portrait was (I wish I had that example to share… or maybe not?), but I think this sort of impressionist version captures my essence well.
PS. Those lovely brushes and paints were my Grandaddy Bob’s, he picked up painting when he was in his 70s, and I’m pretty sure they’re one of the most special gifts I have ever gotten.
Comfy red couch with an elephant ear. Watercolor.
5in x 7in
This is the first watercolor on canvas painting I have ever done. The hardest part was getting the color even, it just didn’t want to blend the same way it does on paper. The nice thing though, is that when I was done painting, it was ready to hang, you can’t beat instant gratification.
The flowers in this painting were directly inspired by Prairie Flowers, overall the design transferred well to canvas.
24in x 18in
These prairie flowers were inspired by my oldest daughter who suggested I paint a Prairie Dog for her. Since the paintings were small I decided to do two so they didn’t look lonely hanging on the wall. These are flowers I imagine prairie dogs love to sniff out on the prairie.
5in x 7in
I made this robot for my daughter who had a sudden love for robots. This picture hangs in her room and each day she asks, “Did you make that for me? Wow!”
Painted with watercolors.
8in x 10in.
This piece is inspired by my never-ending search for the perfect desk. I know it’s out there somewhere, I must have seen it somewhere because I painted this from memory. Also, notice the CatherineHolm plates on the shelf in the background? Another favorite!
12in x 12in.
Painting of an Eames-era Egg Chair in red, and an arch lamp in chrome.
Painted with watercolor.
12in x 12in.