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Peony 1

Peony 1

My FAVORITE flower is peonies.  I love how they look but I hate how we only get them about two weeks a year.  During the time they are blooming Allen brings me some almost everyday.  He has some beautiful growing at his place.

Yesterday I decided to try paint one every day while they are blooming.  Here is the first one.

Kids LabKids class painted these sweet yellow labs yesterday in Kids Art Class.  Great job!

Crocheted Rag Rug

Crocheted Rag Rug

For several weeks on and off I have been working on this rag rug.  I finished it last night.  It’s made from old sheets.  Here’s a photo with a chair to give  you an idea of the size.

Who wants to make one?

Dogwoods

Dogwoods and Bluebells

Reference Photo Dogwood on Gold

Reference Photo Dogwood on Gold

A few weeks ago I posted about taking photos of the wonderful flowers we are seeing now both in nature and arrangements we have during this time of the year.  (Read that here.)  I got back to painting some of those recently.  I will have to wrap this one up soon as it is about 80% complete.

There is so much subject matter to paint at this time of the year.  Thank goodness we have a camera at hand at all times!

Banana Bread

Kelly’s Banana Nut Bread

Sunday morning I made Banana Nut Bread for breakfast.  I often buy bananas and don’t eat them until they get soft and I don’t like them like that so I end up making bread.  I mentioned in previous posts that I grew up in a pecan orchard (read that and get those recipes here and here)  so we had LOTS of pecans to cook and bake with so I love them and still cook with them even though I don’t have the wonderful endless supply that I once did.  Here’s the recipe that I use for Banana Nut Bread. I like it because its moist but not too sweet. Enjoy!

Banana Nut Bread

2 cups self-rising flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5 medium or 2 large)

1 cup sugar

½ cup cooking oil OR melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine dry ingredients (except pecans) and then mix in eggs, banana and oil or butter.  Mix well.  Fold in  pecans last.  Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes for a large loaf pan or 40-45 minutes for a small loaf pan.  Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pan.  A slice is perfect with a little butter!

May Pet Portraits

May Pet Portraits

We had a fun group painting their pet’s portraits yesterday.  I especially love it when people are painting portraits of pets they have lost and they tell wonderful stories about them.  Great job ladies.  These are special.

The next Pet Portrait Paint Party will be June 20th.  See you there!

Working on a Pet Portrait at Taste of the Town

Working on a Pet Portrait at Taste of the Town

Completed Portrait

Completed Portrait

Helping kids paint a Mask!

Helping kids paint a Mask!

Final look!  Cute...

Final look! Cute…

Often when an artist works she paints alone.  If you are a full-time artist you look for opportunities to paint in public where people can see your work and you working and hopefully connect to it and remember you when they want to purchase original art.  Last night was just such an opportunity at Taste of the Town.

I had a wonderful time painting and visiting with people as they stopped by to say hello.

I was right by the Gazebo so I got to enjoy wonderful music while I worked.  The night was terrific and loads of fun.  If you missed it you will have to plan to come to the one in the Fall.