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May FLAVORS: Mushroom Risotto

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration. This month was Steve and David’s Mushroom Risotto. Here’s the original still life I set up. I thought this…

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Painting workshops are enriching – for artists too!

Ruth Armitage’s Cold Wax Painting Workshop

I spent two days in March at Ruth Armitage’s cold wax and oil workshop. I take workshops for many reasons—to meet new people, to learn new techniques and to see how other artists work and teach. I have known Ruth for a few years and heard what an incredible teacher she was, so I was…

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See April's recipe-inspired painting

April: Halibut Kebabs and Asian Spices

For my 2018 calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration. This month was a tasty combo of halibut with Asian spices. My original still life. Because I left it set…

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Animal portraits are really fun to paint

"Ruby", a Border Collie Mix

One of my favorite things to do in my studio is paint pet portraits.  I love watching that special animal come to life and I feel like I have an actual relationship with them by the time I’m done. This is “Ruby” and I talked with Ruby’s owners’ daughter on the phone and over email,…

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Mexican Slaw ingredients as still life

March FLAVORS: Mexican Slaw

For my 2018 “Flavors” calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite flavor combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used those ingredients as my inspiration for 12 very unusual and unique paintings that make up this year’s calendar.   This month I’m featuring the…

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This month's painting

Sweet Potato Curry

For my 2018 calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration.       This month, I’m featuring the story and recipe of  Portland writer and editor, Madeleine Eno. Ever since…

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A messy art room meant closed door

"ART ROOM" is no longer a 4-letter word (Major Studio Cleanup!)

Back when I was living with my parents and taking three college art classes a semester—all of them with weekly projects due—my art room (aka my brother’s old bedroom) was a complete shambles!  In fact, “Art Room” was like a four-letter word in my family, something we just didn’t discuss. I was embarrassed and ashamed…

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Ginger Lemonade

For my 2018 calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and loved working with all these ingredients in my studio and experimenting with how to present them. This month, I’m featuring the story and Ginger Lemonade recipe of…

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Red pepper calendar painting

Red Pepper

    RED PEPPER I used to stay away from any kind of bell peppers because my mother didn’t like them. Now, I love them! (Sorry, Mom!) This is a favorite marinara sauce in our house—one that my kids enjoy. —Annie Salness, www.anniesalness.com Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Marinara Serves 4 Sauce: 13-14 miscellaneous tomatoes,…

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