Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
|Chef Shubert Ho, Bar Dojo and Shooby Doo Catering|
Above we have Chef Shubert Ho, from Bar Dojo, one of my favorite places to dine in town. He made beef satay with spicy peanut sauce and it was delicious. I love satay!
|Chef Bill Pennington, Arnie's of Edmonds|
|My friends Jeri Hamilton and Susan Penning|
|Darin Since, The Loft Cafe and Social Lounge|
|one of the Tim Morris, Epulo Bistro|
|Tim and his daughter and able assistant|
|Jordan Schey, Hills Restaurant|
Friday, May 17, 2013
I have been so inspired by viewing blogs where people paint and sketch and then post their work for others to see. It's hard---scary---to do that. I have been especially impressed by MAM and her sister, who have just returned from a trip to Italy. They have been sharing the sketching they did in their travel journals and I get such a thrill out of seeing what they did, how they did it and picking up all the little details that you get when you sit and quiet yourself and sketch. It is such a great way to really experience something, be it an object, building, person, action or whatever it is that catches your eye. By taking the time to sketch something you must focus and be in the moment. I don't do that enough an I'm trying to pay more attention to what is right in front of me, to really see.
At lunch today I took a few minutes and sketched the apple I was enjoying with a hunk of cheese. This evening I added a little watercolor to the sketch. It's not much more than the visual equivalent of a note to self, but while I was sketching I was really looking and I enjoyed the process. I think that's enough. In the spirit of sharing, as my inspirational bloggers have been doing, I am trying to be brave and share.
Enjoy the weekend!
Monday, May 13, 2013
|my block with the second color of ink applied|
This is a continuation of my reduction wood block printing class that I took at the Schack Art Center in Everett this past weekend. If you missed the first post you can find it here.
Betsy Best-Spadano was the instructor. She was wonderful!
Here's my block just about to be run through the engraving press.
This is what the block looked like when it was removed from the printing press....
...and here is what the print looked like as I peeled it off the block. Two out of four colors were now printed.
My block began to look used, as each successive color was printed. I love how it looks as it gets inked and then reduced some more.
And here are the prints with all four colors printed. I am very happy with these. I wish that it would have been possible to have done a larger run, but with 8 other people needing to ink and print their blocks, a small run was all that was possible. I can't wait to do more printing! I had a wonderful weekend. Just what I wanted for Mother's Day!
Our instructor, Betsy Best-Spadano, did her own blog post about the class. If you are interested, you can read it here.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This class reduction block printing. Basically, you print in several colors and once you have printed your run (the number of prints you are attempting) with one color, you then carve away that particular color from the block. You start with the lightest color, in my case, yellow, and once I have printed each piece of paper in my edition with the yellow, I go back and carve away the part of the block that I want to stay yellow. I am reducing the block. Betsy told us today that reduction block printing is sometimes called "suicide blocks." I can see why!
|Betsy showing us how she will. carve this wonderful face she is working on.|
This shows the beginning of my design for my wood block. I used a photo I took in Africa of an acacia (thorn tree).
Using colored pencils to color a tissue paper copy of my design gave me an idea of how the print would look when done with ink. It was pretty close to what I "see" in my mind's eye, so I am going with a four color print...yellow, orange, lavender/violet and something dark, maybe a dark brown or a purple-y black. I'm not yet sure what the darkest color will end up.
Here I am transferring my design onto my block with tissue paper and carbon paper. I have transferred the design in reverse so when it is printed, it will appear the way I drew it.
Now the design is transferred to the wood block. We are using shina plywood wood blocks for this project. Shina is easy to carve.
I have inked the block, using a mask that covered the bottom part of the block (no need to waste the ink and I do not want yellow under a purple layer---a good way to get "mud"). The mask is cut out of scrap paper. You ink the block right over the mask, then remove the mask before making the print. We are using an engraving press.
The ink we are using is very transparent.
Here you can see my prints drying on the drying rack.
Once I had all my yellow printing finished, I carved away the parts of the block that I want to remain yellow on the prints. The next color will be orange for the sky. You can see the mask for the block that I have prepared before inking the block with the orange ink.
Here's a close-up of the clouds in the sky caved away. Now that part of each of the prints will remain yellow.
Tomorrow I will post more photos to show the progression of my prints. I am excited to continue. This is really fun!
Monday, May 06, 2013
|Instructor Wendy Van Wagner|
|Spanish-style fish soup with little neck clams and monk fish|
We used this mixture of crème fraîche and dill to top the fennel and potato soup. It was goooooood. I know that I will use this mixture to top other soups, such as borscht or a hearty vegetable.
|fennel and potato|
|mushrooms for the creamy mushroom soup|
Wendy stressed the importance of getting the vegetables well caramelized to develop sweetness. Be sure to scrape up all the browned bits that cling to the bottom of the pan by deglazing with some liquid----stock, wine or water. That's where the flavor hides!
By the end of the class we were all singing the praises of an immersion blender!
|creamy mushroom soup|
|Spanish Fish Stew|
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Don't you dare climb that tree
or even try, they said, or you will be
sent way to the hospital of the
very foolish, if not the other one.
And I suppose, considering my age,
it was fair advice.
But the tree is a sister to me, she
lives alone in a green cottage
high in the air and I know what
would happen, she'd clap her green hands,
she'd shake her green hair, she'd
welcome me. Truly.
I try to be good but sometimes
a person just has to break out and
act like the wild and springy thing
one used to be. It's impossible not
to remember wild and not want to go back. So
if someday you can't find me you might
look into that tree or---of course
it's possible---under it.
Ah. There is truth to me----"to remember wild and not want to go back."