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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Create, choose to live in art...

Another 4x6 canvas done recently, with the dimensional letters.

Like the first one from a few days ago, I started with a buff paint base, then layered the different colours over it, concentrating colour on the edges, and adding some texture with white paint and punchinella.  I used some nice irridescent blue and interference blue across the front.  Then IU stamped some flourishes with smokey gray pigment ink.

I added a couple of layers of stamped thin white paper with music notes across the canvas with gel medium and added some more interference blue for some subtle colour.

The letters are chipboard die cut from the Wordplay die.  I like the playful whimsy of it.  I used a pearl paint, then a tiny bit of interference red for some warmth, and picked out the edges with shades of blue/green.  The metallics with the light shades makes the letters look like they are almost glowing.

I then added a stamped sentiment in smoky gray.

... a little reminder to create; choose to live in art...

Monday, July 06, 2015

Yes, the plumeria is growing....

We had a few days that were quite hot, and humid and I have added some extra water and feed to it when the soil felt dry, and it has really been seemed like the leaf shoots are shooting up!

This is from the one plant, with the biggest leaf, and some more leaf buds on the second branch.

I just wish they marked which colour each branch was - when I bought, I bought one that was a blue flower, and two peach/pink variegated.  Anyways, this was just dropped off at my parents for my mom and dad to continue growing.  They are great with houseplants and I know the plumeria will thrive there with them.  If it does, then at some point I will be cutting off some cuttings for myself anyways, whatever colour it ends up!

Sunday, July 05, 2015

It's PURPLE!!!!

This tickled my fancy lately... purple cauliflower!!!!!  It was a neat purple raw, but it actually got deeper with steaming...  It is a gorgeous purple colour!!!

... and this is the steaming water - it shed colour into the water and it is a neat blue - almost like a woad blue!

I made it to accompany dinner, which was a goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with gluten free breading.


Jim just thought it was weird, but it had nice flavour too - a bit milder and sweeter than standard cauliflower.  I added some garlic, salt, pepper, and a grated three cheese blend of romano, asiago, and parmasan, and it was delicious!

I was going to save the water and see if I could dye some fabric or paper with it, but maybe next time if I get this cauliflower again, I will save the leaves too and boil it for stronger colour.  Ginger was still alive at the time we made this, so I let her and Troy have the water - they thought it was delicious.  Yes, my dogs, including Toby a few years ago, love their veggies, including cauliflower. I wish I could find it, but somewhere there is a video of Toby begging for raw cauliflower when I was making a veggie tray for a party.