Tuesday, March 14, 2017

No. 770 Petit Fours with Tea

Petit Fours with Tea
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

Love this teacup I found in an antique barn on Whidbey Island.

So if you are going to travel "virtually" with me to France you will have to get your virtual plane ticket! Since as long as I can remember I've been getting my plane tickets online. The site I usually visit is Kayak.com. Something to remember though...

When you see a great price on a ticket double check how long the flight is and how many layovers there are. I don't know about you but I would spend the extra $73 dollars not to have to hassle with an extra layover and a flight that is up to a whopping 11 hours longer. Also, if you live in the Seattle area consider flying out of Vancouver, Canada. Due to the exchange rate you can get a deal on flights. I saved almost four hundred dollars leaving from Vancouver over a similar flight from Seattle.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

No. 769 Four Petit Fours

Four Petit Fours
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I unexpectedly came across these in a local grocery store bakery. Oh my goodness, they were adorable. Even Meg gave them a thumbs up. My favorite one was mocha flavored. What looks like a coffee bean perched on top was actually coffee flavored chocolate in the shape of a coffee bean! Fabulous detail!

On a separate note, a few weeks ago I got what my mom would call a "wild hair" and signed up for a women's art retreat in Vence, France. I think it's all this French pastry I've been painting.  The trip is in May and I thought I would "virtually" take you with me. To start here is the flyer. If "virtually" isn't good enough, I'm pretty sure there is still room.

Friday, March 3, 2017

No. 768 Landscape demo - Tetons

Landscape demo - Tetons
Oil on Canvas
5" x7"

Taking a little break from the pastries. I had several requests in class last fall to learn more about landscape painting. So that's been our focus since the beginning of the year. I used a photo I took in the Tetons and did a demonstration of  Mitch Albala's underpainting technique. Hmmmm, there is no way for you to see that. I should have taken pictures of each step. Next time!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

No. 767 Sweet, Sweet Pear Tart with Primrose

Sweet, Sweet Pear Tart with Primroses
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

I went into the French Bakery on Valentines Day hoping to find some extra special holiday desserts. Not a great idea. They were almost completely wiped out. What was left was this unusual looking pear tart. The pears had been marinated in a purple sauce and had a very pretty translucency to them. Oh, yes it was pretty tasty too.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

No. 766 Truffle Tart French Pastry with Carnations

Truffle Tart French Pastry
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

I vote this the best dressed pastry I've painted. Just look at that snappy chocolate fan and dashing dark and white chocolate curl. Love at first site. It's also been the best tasting too. That bottom layer? Chocolate ganache, people, cho-co-late ganache. Enough said. :)

Friday, February 24, 2017

No.765 Lemon Meringue Tart with Primrose

Lemon Meringue Tart with Primrose
Oil on Gessobord
6" x 6"

When I go to the bakery to choose a pastry I stand and stand and stand in an agony of indecision. Which one will make a great painting? And more importantly, which one will be super yummy to eat after I'm finished? I always apologize to the girls behind the counter for taking so long to decide. I explain that I'm trying to choose a pastry to paint a picture of and they are, quite honestly, not impressed. Perhaps people are painting pictures of pastries all the time?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

No. 764 Brazilian Mocha French Pastry

Brazilian Mocha French Pastry with White Chocolate Wedge Cap and Tulips
Oil on Gessobord
5" x 7"

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My daughter is very excited about this whole painting French pastries thing. It's the very first time I've ever heard her say excitedly, "Mom, go paint!" The reason of course is because we share the pastry when I'm finished painting it. The difference between me and Meg, though, is out of the five pastries I've painted she really liked one or two and I really liked them ALL. :)