Thursday, February 4, 2010

Snow day: Recipe and Painting!

May I share the easiest crockpot recipe I have found YET?! I had a snow day yesterday and desperately wanted the comfort of the crock pot bubbling away. I had absolutely no ingredients and thanks to my roommate keeping orange soda in her car (random!) I was able to make this chicken dish.

"Orange Chicken"

1 can orange soda
Soy Sauce, 1/2 cup or so?
That's it.

Cook on LOW 5-6 hours or so..I let it go 6 hours and the chicken was slightly dry. I also threw in some rice and frozen stir fry veggies for the last hour for more substance---Quite yummy!

The snow day also freed up plenty of time to paint. Seeing such a gray, slushy day out the window prompted me to use very bright bold colors! The picture is from a hiking/camping trip I took with my girls in Harpers Ferry, WV last year. It is a BEAUTIFUL town with so much history! I highly recommend it for a weekend camping trip. The KOA was a mile or two away from the town. We walked on roads to the town and then discovered a trail to take back to the campground!!

The green hill in the foreground is actually a graveyard dating from before the civil war--gravestones coming soon. We hiked up so many of stairs and a very rocky trail to get to the top of this hill, and despite clouds of gnats, the view was amazing!! I could do a whole body of paintings from pictures I took on that camping trip. The water you see in between the mountains is the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers merging, I believe...
Should I keep the painting this simple? Hmmm!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Studio Space!

This little "nook" in my townhouse, although cramped, makes for a near-perfect studio! Complete with window garden, antique tea set, and seashell collection :P

Friday was a mandatory-work-from-home-teacher-work-day, which I spent painting, of course. It was so nice and sunny I couldn't resist taking a picture. Rarely do I get to paint with natural daylilght during the winter months--what a treat!! My fellow art teacher and very close friend and I were discussing apartments, townhouses, roommates, etc. and deemed A.S.S. (Art S!@# Space, or Art Stuff Space, rather) an absolutely necessary part of any living arrangement. Perhaps we should come up with a different acronym?!