motivation often arrives from the teeniest, most random occurrences.
I had an inspirational event last night as I grabbed a magazine to read before going to bed.
Gently sliding out from the pages for me to discover was this:
tiny wooden sign
I was delighted to have been given a sign telling me I'm on the right path!
A talisman reminding me to keep the faith!
A tiny random happening to make me take heed and grin! :)
Then my logical left brain reminded me that my friend brought an assortment of little objects for collage making, including these little wooden signs, when she was here for a studio day last Sunday. Before she left, we cleaned up all the artistic clutter and put everything back in its place.
It's way too rational (and just.no.fun) to think that this token was accidentally swept into the magazine
while we were cleaning.
The very same magazine I just happened to pick up last night, out of the zillions of magazines in my collection.
and silently stalks them. He probably just wants to play.
That's what he was doing this Fall
when I snapped a picture of a little bird calmly perched on a branch.
Maybe the little bird was storing up energy
for the long flight South. Or waiting for a friend.
Today I hope the little bird is basking in balmy tropic air,
having a rest on a pink hibiscus that's blooming by a tall palm tree.
Dear Little Bird:
Wish you were here. This Fall when I hear you fluttering about in the bush outside my bathroom window, I'll know you're about ready to leave on your trip South. My bags will be packed. Bring your sun compass and hop in, I'll drive.
Inspiration & Technique:
After reading a post on a fellow artist's blog about transfering and painting a photograph on fabric , I wanted to try this technique. I printed my bird photo onto a thin piece of fabric, then altered it with acrylic paint.
Not sure if this is the finished product yet. Oh wait! Just realized I need to add some bird legs. Then I think I'm done.
I really have to exert quite a bit of effort to make recipes work.
I think it’s because I’m stick-to-a-recipe-challenged.
Yeah, that’s definitely it.
I always think substitutions and shortcuts will work out.
Most often, they do not.
But I’m no quitter.
Last night I made a pasta dish that was scrumptious,
and thought I’d share the recipe,
along with my stick-to-a-recipe-challenged substitutions and shortcuts.
Awhile back I tore a page out of my People magazine that featured a pasta recipe adapted from Scarpetta restaurant in Miami. The article said Beyonce and Jay-Z loved this dish, so I figured if famous people like it, it must be good. The headline said "best pasta ever!"
Here’s my adaptation of this adapted recipe:
Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil
1/3 c extra-virgin olive oil (I skipped this, see note on plum tomatoes)
20 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, halved and seeded (Woah. After peeling the first little tomato, I realized I didn’t allow enough time or patience for this step. Emergency Substitution: a few cans of diced tomatoes)
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (Great Value iodized table salt worked just fine. Just sayin’)
1 TBS unsalted butter (Oh man. Well I already used the wrong salt, so what’s a little more salt added to the mix?)
1 oz freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, about 1 cup (“fresh” means 'use by the expiration date printed on the jar', right?)
6 to 8 fresh basil leaves (Oh shoot…my basil is buried under a foot of snow. A few shakes of dried flakes from the spice bottle did the trick)
1 lb spaghetti (or a generous fistful)
Now just follow my instructions. Or not.
Throw the diced tomatoes in a skillet, juice and all. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes or so. Give it a good stir once in awhile so it doesn’t scorch. The goal is to thicken it a bit.
Cook up the spaghetti until almost al dente. Drain. Keep some of the noodle water for step 3.
Mix the sauce and noodles together. Cook a little bit longer, until the noodles are done to your liking. Add a smidge of the cooking water if sauce is too thick. That was a tip from the recipe – I thought it was such a clever idea.
Remove from heat. Toss in butter (Um, I don't remember adding the butter yesterday so I guess it's ok to leave it out if you want to), basil and cheese. What the heck, toss in the whole jar of cheese while you’re at it. Hey, I’m a Cheesehead baby.
I'm naming this dish
Second Best Pasta Ever: Spaghetti with Canned Tomato Sauce and Dried Basil
If you're not stick-to-a-recipe-challenged (HOW do you DO it?)
and would like the original adaptation of this recipe,