Monday, July 29, 2013

a new chapter

eyebrow grass - my favorite!
toy frenzy!
domino cactus in bloom!
a new chapter is starting for me!  i'm starting a new job soon -
 i'll still be with the university, but in a different office.
CETES - it stands for, center for emerging technology
and entrepreneurial studies. i'm excited about the new
possibilities and navigating new territory!!
we're celebrating with champagne tonight.

vision song 

the scent of sage and sweetgrass
a man saying goodbye 
to himself

(from 'a cheyenne sketchbook'
selected poems by lance henson)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

july rains

in nature there are neither rewards nor punishments;
there are consequences. - robert ingersoll

 strawberry bread is the new banana bread!!!
you have to try this!

2 c. chopped strawberries
1 3/4 c sugar, divided
3 c. of all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. chopped pecans

preheat oven to 350. grease and flour two 9x5 loaf pans.
in a sm. bowl, toss strawberries with 1/2 c of sugar; set aside.

in a lrg mixing bowl, sift together flour, remaining sugar, cinnamon,
salt, and baking powder. in a med. mixing bowl, stir together eggs and oil.
add pecans and strawberries. add strawberry mixture to flour mixture -
mix well. pour into loaf pans and bake for 50 min. loosely cover with
aluminum foil halfway thru baking to prevent overbrowning.

untitled, encaustic mixed media on panel
 the primary purpose of fine art is not decoration. it is a declaration of being,
a revelation of soul, a reaching for expressible or inexpressible truths.
-margot schulzke
the pond out back
since my last post, it has rained 5 more times!!!
if i would theme the month of july - it would be 'rain.'
which is so uncommon for our state. usually it's extremely
hot, dry and in danger of wildfire... but not this year - it's been cooler,
wet and green. it's wonderful.  i've been  swimming in the fresh waters
 of medicine creek. (greg still sits on the bank because the brown recluse
bite is still healing!)  i've also been making important preparations for
some things.  it's an important season. a very blessed one.

thanks for stopping by...
i pray your summer is kind.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

art & rain this weekend

'Walking on Water', encaustic mixed media on panel
 i'm very happy with how this pieice turned out. 
i included special beach stones that i collected in maine.
also trying a new panel format. 

'Rain,' encaustic mixed media on panel
 i was also pleased with this work. this is the first of its kind
as far as showing the wood grain and the 'house' form cut.
i included vintage jewelry and indian blanket petals.
the lady is actually a lucian freud, if you're one of his fans,
you'd recognize it - the other eye is a boticelli. 
with so much 'borrowed' from favorite artists,
i'm keeping her. i rather like her.

 a bird hit our window the other day - but when greg & i went out to investigate 
there was no trace of it,,, except its imprint on our window,,, 
do you see it? very bizarre and beautiful.

 there's a little bit of magic outside the door every day....

we've also had lots of rain and much cooler temps.
can this really be oklahoma?!?  i'm not complaining though.

right outside my studio door....

and i have succumbed to the ultimate kitsch,,,
i had these johnny depp mugs made at walgreens!
greg & have been enjoying our coffee and tea from these special cups.

from now on i'm making my own tortillas
give it a try - they are so easy and delicious

tortillas ("little cakes")

for 12 each or cut the recipe in half for 6 which i did.

3 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 c. oil (vegetable)
1 cup of warm water

in a bowl mix together the flour, salt & baking powder.  
pour in the oil and mix with your clean hands until it is well incorporated and crumbly.
pour in the water and combine until a dough forms.  
cover with a kitchen towel and allow to sit for 20-30 min.
divide the dough into 12 round pieces and roll out as thin as you can!
cook in a cast iron pan or non-stick pan on med. heat for a minute or two
on each side.  it will puff up a bit as you cook.

Have a great week y'all!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CHere's to the rain!

Look closely,,, in front of the bird bath,,, that's Tody. He hopped up to the second level!
And Zody enjoying fresh grass.

CHere's to the rain!!!

We hadn't had rain in weeks! It's been hot (104) and dry as a bone!
But dark clouds brought welcome rain this evening. It energized me.
I literally played in it,,, and the weirdest thing! I'm still mystified
as to how or why Tody (the western toad) hopped up to the second
level of the yard!! There he was at the back porch!!! He was looking
for cover when the heavy rains came down sideways, so I managed to
scoop him into a bucket and placed him into my zen garden plot. 
I'm so curious to see if in the morning he'll be back down below in the
vegetable wheel and sitting in his burrow under the driftwood???
I've become fond of this toad. Maybe a little obsessed? ha!

I hope your summer is filled with warmth, cool breezes,,
and rain,,, oh, and  funny mysteries too!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

nature and macaroons

the other night we watched a fireworks display for 
medicine park's birthday celebration, as we walked back 
to the house i looked up at the night sky and saw
a million stars it seemed. the twinkling of these stars
was so much better than fireworks. 

you can never outdo nature. 

Hello from Tody!

made something sweet tonight...

3 large egg whites
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 14-ounce pckg sweetened shredded coconut

Heat oven to 325 F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
Whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a med. bowl
until glossy and sugar is almost dissolved. Fold in the coconut, 
stirring until evenly combined.

Using a small icecream scoop, drop the batter in mounds (about 2 tbsp ea),
1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden brown 
(about 20 min). Let cool completely.

desserts is stressed spelled backwards. :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tornado and Toad

Ripped Through, encaustic on panel

I made this a couple of weeks ago....
Included scraps of papers that were pulled out from the grill of Greg's car. 
They're remnants from the tornado that ripped through Moore back in May.
I found it interesting how the words were somewhat descriptive of a
tornado - left, right, left, right,,,  mad,,, changed!
(A carpenter friend cut my tornado outline.)

I'm still so thankful that Greg and his sons were unharmed in this
natural disaster.  This artwork is a type of memorial piece.  

What is this? That does not look like a watermelon to me!
Yes, I set up some 'furniture' for him.

Meet Tody.
I encountered him on Saturday. He moved into my garden wheel.
You know the one,,, the grasshoppers chomped through the growing vegetable plants,
and then the hail shredded what was left. Now a toad has moved into what's
left of the watermelon patch. This morning I looked in and his dwelling was empty.
This evening he was back. Maybe he'll stick around a while. 

Have a great week dear friends!

Friday, July 5, 2013

back porch days and movie

back porch days,,,

on 4th of july we went to the same theatre, where two weeks
ago we met johnny depp in the flesh. but this time we saw him
on the big screen in the lone ranger, he was tonto of course. :)

a wonderful film.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

chocolate and a cup of java cake

'Chocolate and a Cup of Java Cake '
1 c. of sugar
1 1/8 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract (& a few drops of almond extract)
1 c. of cold, STRONG, brewed coffee

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8" pan.
Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a med. bowl, cream butter and sugar until light & fluffy.
 Add egg and vanilla & almond and beat well.
Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee until mixed well.

Bake at 350 for 35-40 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.
Top with fresh whipped cream and berries
or frost with favorite icing!
This was Greg's birthday cake from Saturday.
We've been eating on it since then...
I highly recommend it if you want to make a quick,
 chocolately home-made cake!


Monday, July 1, 2013

a simple hello

i think i may be having a little "blogging block."
so just a little hello from me this monday night...
and wishing you all a beautiful week.