Friday, January 31, 2014

ART: A Haiku for the Chinese New Year

Altar II, Encaustic on panel

A Haiku in Honor of the Chinese New Year

Nothing is urgent
Drink red tea from a clear cup
Rise like a new sun 

The horses are ushering in the Chinese New Year!
Traditionally red is worn, poetry is written on red paper
and fire is lit to drive away 'bad luck.'  
Hope you have a fun day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RECIPE: Happy Monkey Banana Bread

I enjoy baking, especially on cold days.  And this recipe
only takes about 5 minutes to whip together.  If you have
some old bananas laying around, it's worth the effort! :)

'Happy Monkey Banana Bread'

4 ripe (mashed) bananas
1/3 c. melted butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

In a big bowl, using a wooden spoon mix butter into the mashed bananas. 
Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle in baking soda and salt. 
Mix in the flour last. Pour batter into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. 
Bake at 350 for 40 min. 

The hardness of winter is relaxed. 
-Eliot Porter

Sunday, January 26, 2014

NATURE: Hunting Horse Hill Hike

Helen and I went on our most exhilarating hike of the year yet.
We made it to the top of Hunting Horse Hill!
A four-hour round trek through grasses, trees, brambles & boulders. 
  On my last two hikes I longed to be right here at this spot. 
 These mysterious massive boulders teased me from so far away, 
but today I was finally able to kiss them both.

We even balanced our way back down a long stretch of what I call a 'river of boulders.' 
Gosh, it felt good to exert myself - heart pumping, and sweating,,, and my thighs feel as strong
as granite, though I know they still look like jello.  ha!  :)

So I 'll be returning for some more kisses from this handsome Hunting Horse Hill! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

LIFE: My mom is sick. My husband is sick. My dog is sick.

 I love these huge scissortail sculptures. 
But it's usually not a good sign when I see them,,,
It means I'm at the hospital. 
My mom, , , who had triple by-pass a couple of years ago
had a rough week and though she is better, we need
some answers. 

Lovely last page in a magazine...
Around the Prairie Hill this evening,,,

Greg has a stomach bug and Zody has an infected eye.
I'm grateful to be well and have the energy 
to take care of all my loves.

"Be like a bear in the forest of yourself.
Even sleeping you are powerful in your breath."
-Susan Griffin, poet

Thursday, January 23, 2014

LIFE: Saying No.

Today, I said 'no' to a seemingly worthwhile 'thing.' 
When the roll call came to take part,,, 
I remembered how I felt last year about it (not happy),,, 
I remembered how life is too short and 
how time is too precious to squander.

So I politely declined 
and felt empowered and light afterwards.

~    ~    ~    ~    ~

I found The LET IT GO Project and I knew what mine
should be....  I let go of saying 'yes' to please someone else. 

~        ~         ~

"I guarded my spirit,
did not expend it on trifles,
that were not to the point."
from the Pen & Bell

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

RECIPE: I'll Take My Carrots in a Cake

I  recently bought a Breville juicer and started 'juicing.'  
Especially carrot and apple juice.  Well, I started craving
a carrot cake and have never made one from scratch.

And so I call my creation....

I'll Take My Carrots in a Cake

4 eggs
3/4 c. veg. oil
1 c. sugar (mix of brown and white)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of clove & nutmeg
Few drops of vanilla
3 c. grated carrots
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Beat eggs, mix in oil, then sugar & vanilla.
Mix in all dry ingredients, then nuts and carrots.
Bake in greased cake pan for 35 min.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream together: 
8 oz cream cheese 
and desired amt of butter 
& confectioner sugar
  a tsp of vanilla.  


Monday, January 20, 2014

NATURE: Sitting inside an old cedar corpse...

Heading to the craggy hills.
Rachel & Seth telling a story.
Sitting inside an old cedar corpse.
Made Helen pose by my favorite rock of the day.

This was today's hike in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
First thing we saw was a coyote and didn't see much 
wildlife except for birds after that.  We got off course 
so decided to boulder the south side of Mt. Scott's Boy 
instead of back-tracking.  Three and a half hours of hiking 
was just right.  The weather was just right also!
It was peaceful and strenuous.

"Remember that time spent on a rock climb
 isn't subtracted from your life span." -WN 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

ART: Encaustic...from sunset to sumac.

"The Sunset Couple" 
Antique photo with leaves under beeswax on panel.

I fell in love with this tiny portrait when I saw it 
in an antique store in Grants Pass, Oregon last year. 
They rarely smiled in portraits back in the old days.
I bet she hardly ever smiled. Period.
But the mister - I bet he had a big laugh! 

"Sumac Study"
Collage, sumac berries under beeswax.

I collected berries from a sumac bush
and wondered how they would behave under
wax.  They're full of red pigment.

Greg took an updated picture of me for an up-coming
article.  I'll be giving a demo and talk on the encaustic 
technique next month for the local art council.  

~      ~      ~      ~      ~

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in 
humble places where other people see nothing."
 -Camille Pissarro

Sunday, January 12, 2014

NATURE: Climb to Mt. Scott's Boy

Hunting Horse Mountain to the right
My friend Helen & I bouldered to the top of Mt. Scott's Boy today.  
It was 79 degrees today!!  The wind was quite violent at the summit so we were very
cautious & hugged the boulders tight.  We got the best exercise in balance and strength
on this hike.  I also got a taste for my next adventure - over there to Hunting Horse Mountain...   

ART - Opening Night

A few happy pictures from my art opening.
Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ART: Sohbet - Encaustic Opening

A Mystical Sojourn                      

Art, spirit and nature form a triple braided cord in my creative search.  Contemplation of beauty and the ephemera of a season such as seeds and flowers trail through this series.  My works are intimately small, though a close view reveals an undulating universe in multiple layers of wax.  I indulge in the encaustic process – fusing up to ten layers of colors to coax my image to the surface.    
Sohbet comes from the writings of Rumi.  It’s a Persian word meaning something  to the effect of “mystical conversation about mystical subjects.”  As the voices of Rumi’s poetry come from an inner and outer spectrum, so my artistic vision comes from both my spirit and the influences of nature.  Contemplating and fusing this concept becomes a mystical conversation for me.

Sandra Dunn
January 2014

Sandra Dunn received her BA in Art from Cameron University. She has exhibited in solo shows in Oklahoma and in various group exhibitions around the USA to include “best of selections” for the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Mims Gallery in NC.  

It's near!  My opening this coming Saturday.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

LIFE: The little things....

It smells like hot apple pie in the house again - and not from a candle either. :)
One of these days I'm going to work on the aesthetics, but for now it's enough
that I can hear Greg, saying "yum" over & over again.

It's chilly outside, but I've stolen Zody's sunny window spot,,, and sitting here
in a tank top I'm feeding him apple pie crumbs and thumbing through seed books ....
planning and dreaming of my spring garden...     

These comforting and calm moments at home are like little seeds
that nourish me.  I'm a homebody as much as I am an earth-hugger.
I'm so grateful that I can have both of these worlds. 

How are you?
What are you planning and doing lately?