Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Walnford Winter

December 15th...65 degrees? After spending the day working in my garden yesterday, today I decided to stay home to get some painting done for an upcoming show. Outside my studio window now, huge snowflakes fall...finally winter...maybe, who really knows....still, I can't say I didn't enjoy getting one last full day of unexpected gardening in yesterday...I moved about a dozen perennials, divided a few, cleaned up a bunch of dead stuff, scattered some seeds and cleared out litter blown into the wetlands...I was hoping to move just one more tree today before the ground froze up again, but mother nature has other ideas it seems...so it will have to wait. In the meantime, this picture is one of my photos I took for reference a few winters ago. It is a well know scene around my neck of the woods...The Historic Walnford Mill in Upper Freehold, NJ. This image will be featured as a limited edition of 25 signed prints available at the Winter Group Show at the Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown, NJ in early 09...more details on the show dates and times to come (to pre-order by phone, you can call the gallery directly at 609-298-6970.)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rainy winter days . . .

I could do a painting on this new bowl....I get so lost in the glazes.....Will this rain ever end? I am on an endless and thus far extremely unsuccessful mission to find a good pizza dough recipe. I have tried at least 20. I thought maybe it was my oven wasn't hot enough, but last week, I bought frozen pizza dough and the results were amazing.......so I know it is possible......I have tried bread flour vs all purpose, sugar vs no sugar...today's attempt was from an Italian Farmhouse cookbook and called for 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil...it rose beautifully and looked and felt wonderful......but the results were a very dense dough.......pretty bad actually....if you know of any good pizza dough recipes that work, please send them my way.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Work . . .

Early Autumn, oil on canvas 6" x 6" 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Lazy Sundays...

I love sunday mornings...finally not in a rush to get the kids out the door. I have been neglecting posting with the chaos of holiday responsibilities, complicated by one kid with walking pneumonia and the other breaking a front permanent tooth in half....the joys of motherhood. I have quite a few large bowls and platters I still need to mix up new glazes for, fire and get to the gallery. I do have a few new pieces up in my etsy shop and will be listing more in the following days . . . One thing I finally accomplished is a long overdue update of both of my websites...I love the iweb program from Apple...when I got my new iMac last month, I started revamping my sites, for simplicity's sake really. I finally caved and signed up for a yearly .mac account (now called mobile me)...I had been against it for years mainly for the $99 annual fee...but I am at the point now, that whatever I can do to simplify gives me more time to make art. Their server does seem to be a little slow which is very bothersome, considering the size of their company and how much you pay for the service, but I am trying to be optimistic that this will not aways be the case. The really bad thing about the iweb program, is they do not make it very easy to publish your site to just any hosting server....I currently have my own hosting server and after waisting many hours trying to make everything work together, I finally just gave up and made my personal domains forward to the new iweb sites on my mac account. BUT the ease of updating the images and adding new work with so much less up front work on my end, is making this definitley worthwhile so far...so check out the new sites....fine art: www.elmstudios.com and illustration: www.erickaorourke.com...and let me know what you think.