Friday, January 30, 2015

Yum Yum Two dozen scones just came out of the oven!

Wanted to make some scones. Made the first batch and I couldn't get the dough to run around the cuisinart to form a ball. Had to add a little more milk and it still wouldn't form a ball. So I had to knead it by hand. Disaster! 

Went ahead and tried another batch. This time I over compensated and the dough was runny. Geez! 

However, after both batches were baked...they tasted remarkably the same. Undercooked the first batch, over cooked the second to get them brown. 

I haven't made this recipe in several months -- why? Because I was eating all of them. But I was really wanting a scone this morning! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9am - 2pm INDOOR TAG SALE IN FLORENCE, MA

I'll be set up with antique linens, beads, fabrics and much much more! 
Come by and say "hello". Mention my blog and you'll receive 10% off your purchase.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Went over to Mount Holyoke College Botanical Garden last Friday. Drew a little in the succulent room. Then went over to the Art Museum and oh my....There was a small exhibit of Yoshida Hiroshi and his family that created prints in Japan for the last 3 centuries. I never have drawn a boat. (Pencil sketch) I copied it ...The originals (4) were done at different times of the iphone was totally out of juice so I couldn't take a photo of these 4 beauties but I'm definitely going back.
Then I opened up a little set of inexpensive gouache tube paints....and I've been having a lot of fun painting with them. I love the way you can get flat color backgrounds.  I tried a turtle swimming deep in the sea.  What I learned was that the background water had to be dark in order for it to look like he was swimming underwater rather than above it.  Then the hardest of all -- a selfie -- using the gouache.  You can remove the paint easily giving way to highlights underneath (if the color is light, that is)....

Monday, January 12, 2015