Thursday, January 28, 2010

Can I Pour You A Drink?

I did another painting and I couldn't wait until the other five were completed to share. ;o) I wanted to do a piece that had more in it than just a single leaf. This is also the first time I'm combining different mediums. This painting uses watercolor pencils, watercolor paints and pen & ink.
Grape Leaf Watercolor
Name: "Wine Country"

I love the way it turned out! I'm finding that I'm happier than I've been in a very long time. I am dreaming about painting every night. Last night I had a dream where I painted a hosta leaf in muted rainbow colors with wonderful highlighting, using all the light and dark values of every color. I named it "If Apple did Hosta". I woke up laughing and planning my drawings I'd do today.

I have the last five paintings drawn out already, I just have to paint them. I'm hoping to have at least two more done tomorrow because I only have a few more days until my final lesson with Shirley. I want to do some extra paintings with background washes so I have the questions I want to ask about them ready in my head.

Oh, I wanted to mention that I have been using the coolest new tool to get my paintings successfully onto the web. Have you heard about Skitch? It's like a camera and a paint program plus an upload widget to get the whole mess you just created onto the world wide web. You can "grab" content from anywhere on your computer, like a screenshot, then manipulate the image, then upload it to a server which gives you all the code needed to add your image easily to your blog. Wow, and it's free. Yep, you heard me, you weren't hallucinating. Best thingamagiggie I ever downloaded. Go. Try it.

Since the painting is all about vineyard grape leaves, I thought I'd add this as a little extra. Here's my personal sangria recipe. Make a pitcher then go and play with your new Skitch. Gosh, that sounded dirty, lol. I definately need a drink. We'll talk later...

Jenn's Sangria
  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (750 ml)
  • 2 shots peaches schnapps
  • 2 cups 7-up (or soda if you want it less sweet)
  • 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice (500ml)
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 6 strawberries, halved
  • 1 peach, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into round slices
  • 1 lime, cut into round slices
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a glass pitcher.
  2. Mix and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Serve over crushed ice.
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  1. mmm that recipe sounds really good. Definitaly something I'm gonna try on a hot spring evening.

    fii - swapbot

  2. Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait until it gets warm enough for it!



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