I haven't posted anything for a while but I am still here. Our holiday was grand! Spent it with my brother and his kids. I say kids, but really they are not any longer. Heather is almost 17 and Thaddeus will be 13 in a couple of weeks. I do miss Christmas with little kids around. But I'm sure one day we will have that again. (keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get grandkids someday) I have not been to the YMCA in a while, probably 2 weeks and I'm starting to feel like a slug! I've taken an oath with my hubby we will get back to our routine again after the new year is upon us! A new year and a new decade!!! 2010 here we come! Unbelievable. When I think about things like, the Y2K project I was involved in at work and the panic that swept over the well, the world! That was 10 years ago… what???? Can you believe it? I can't. The next decade promises to be a bright and shiny one. And it's almost here!!! I have not painted in a couple weeks either and I am missing it!!! I just bought some canvas at Aaron Brothers, 1 cent sale! So hopefully I'll be splashing paint again soon. But here is a painting I did, well 2 years ago now. I was late with my Christmas cards so I decided to do Happy New Year cards that year. Here is the original… poor Santa. He was pooped!!! Be well… Tj.
I just wanted to post a Christmas wish to everyone who stops by! Give the gift of time this year, share some with your family and friends, make some Christmas memories! Here are a couple of pictures from my Christmas pasts! Be well... Tj.
My baby!!! How in the world did my baby turn 23?? Well I"m not sure but she did! Today is my beautiful daughters birthday, and she is now the grand age of 23! Happy birthday honey! I love you!!! I am so proud of you, you are a wonderful human being. You blow me away... really. You're so smart, and beautiful, you have a loving kind heart. You have brought me sunshine and happiness and so much love! Here are just a few photos of your life.
Grandpa, Grandma, you and me. Just after you were born. - Me and you at Carolee and David's Christmas party you are about a week old. Hard to believe I was 30 then. - You and me in Cannon Beach! 1989. - Lindsey and Nick in Little league! You were too cute and had such heart for the game! And look at Nick's game face! - You in your art show in Southside park! Lovely, colorful and talented! -When you had your purple hair!! - You in Vegas baby!!! Your 21st birthday, hard to believe it's already 2 years ago! - And you and your baby Pixi, just last month. I love you honey! Mom
I really intended to post this sooner, better late than never though!
2 cups of white sugar 3/4 cup dark Karo syrup 1/2 cup butter 2 cups of half and half 1/2 cup nuts 1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar syrup and butter and 1 cup half and half. Bring to a boil, add remaining half and half stir constantly. Let boil until it clings in cold water or 240 degrees. Put chopped nuts in bottom of pan. Pour mixture on top of nuts. Cut while still warm and wrap individual pieces in wax paper. Share with family and friends! Enjoy!!
Tomorrow, Friday December 18th is my baby's birthday! She is going to be 23, I can't believe it. How exactly did that happen??? Be well... Tj.
I wrote this last year and thought I would post it again, since I'm sharing her recipies I thought I'd share these memories also. More recipies tonight, for now this is dedicated to my mom, Rita. Miss you mom.
Memories of youth explode as visions of sugar and creamy butter this time of year Mom's yearly ritual of creating sweet treats for all who crossed our porch Caramel, divinity, fudge, marshmallow The sound of scissors slicing waxed paper to small squares Spooning golden gooey caramel hoping to hit the paper Rolling and twisting attempting to trap the sweet surprises The feeling in the spoon handle as it scrapes the metal bowl Scooping pink, blue and white clouds of whipped mixture Puffs of sweet corn syrup confections float through my thoughts Pouring smooth creamy cocoa brown melted concoction from the pan Hoping to level the luscious liquid on the plate with the old wooden spoon The smell of chocolate fudge whirls through my memory, I still smell it now Rolling the sticky white marshmallow in a messy mound of chopped walnuts Fingers covered in nuts and candy Mom’s smiling face smudged with who knows what and her singing off key The sights, sounds and smells of my mom’s kitchen rush back to me for the holidays The kitchen table was the place to be. I miss that. But mostly, I miss her.
I am also going to have some of my small works at the Marco Fuoco Gallery! I'm in 2 places this month, yahoo!! I will not be at Marco's gallery for Second Saturday, but my tiny masterpieces will be. Masterpieces... that isn't accurate Tj! He he he... see the postcard! Be well... Tj.
Ok, this one is for Margie. My friend Carolee's mom. She was a dear friend to my mom, and has been a great surrogate mother to me. Love you Margie!
Here is Rita's Marshmallows!
2 envelopes of Knox gelatin 1/2 cup cold water 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup boiling water 2/1 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla walnuts, ground approx two cups
Boil sugar in 3/4 cup water until it spins in a thread when dropped from a spoon. 250 degrees Remove from fire, soften gelatin in cold water and add to hot syrup. Stir until dissolved. Let stand until partially cold. Add salt and vanilla. Beat until think and fluffy and cool. Pour in pan sprinkled with ground walnuts and cover top of mixture with nuts. Place in refrigerator until set. Cut into squares and roll in ground nuts.
This was my favorite, I loved the marshmallows! I could not find a photo of anything that looked close to the yummy goodness my mom made!! But I did find this photo that has marshmallow in nuts right at the front, but also has other tasty coverings, chocolate, coconut, peppermint and ?? I guess you can use your imagination! Enjoy! Tj.
3 pieces I finished for the Vox Home for the Holidays show, and also I am going to make some prints for Christmas cards! All 3 acrylic on canvas paper. Will be matted and framed and ready to hang! Be creative... Tj.
This time of year brings back wonderful memories of spending time in the kitchen making candy with my mom. She always made plates of home made candies and cookies to give to family and friends. So, I thought instead of making plates of goodies, (really... I just don't have that skill anyway), I thought I would share the recipes with you, maybe one of my friends or family have the required skills! Hey if you make some, let me know how it comes out ok?
2 egg whites 3 cups sugar 3/4 cups white Karo corn Syrup 3/4 cups water 1/2 Tsp baking powder pinch of cream of tarter 1 tsp vanilla nuts if desired (pecans or walnuts)
In pot on medium heat, stir the sugar, syrup and water, baking powder and cream of tarter stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to a hard boil. Test after about 10 minutes, when syrup forms a hard ball when dropped in cold water. Beat the egg whites until really stiff. Slowly add the sugar mix to the egg whites, beat at high speed. Add 1 tsp vanilla and nuts if desired. Spoon divinity on wax paper, I remember using 2 spoons, one to scoop one to push the sticky divinity off the spoon. You have to work quickly as the divinity hardens quick. Oh, and my mom used to add food coloring to make them different colors, pink... green... blue. Not my photo, I hope no one minds! Enjoy!!
Just a couple of random, holiday paintings. Peppermint, and Santa Skully. Peppermint was going to be the background for another painting, but I liked it too much to paint over. They really look better in person. Both acrylic on canvas paper, 8x10. I have others in my head just waiting to get out too!! Soon... Be well! Tj.
Lindsey, Joe and I went out to get a slice of pizza this afternoon, and people watch at the new ice rink they put in for the winter months. While there, the wind came up and the trees let loose of some of their leaves, it felt like a winter wonderland of snow... well except it was fake ice and leaves falling in place of snowflakes. Hey it was 60 degrees, what do you expect? The camera didn't really pick up the falling leaves, but if you click on the photo you can kind of see! Be creative! Tj.
Memories of childhood Thanksgivings bring Norman Rockwell like moments flashing through my head! This Rockwell Thanksgiving so brings that feeling of family and home to me. As a child we had huge Thanksgiving feasts, my mom had 11 brothers and sisters, and I have 53 first cousins. Yes, quite a large family! Most of us lived right here in Sacramento. We were almost always together for Thanksgiving. Our home was often the gathering place. Our dining room table expanded into a very large table, it sat about 2 dozen people. Then there would be the "kids tables", one in the kitchen, one set up in a bedroom. The "bar" area was set up in the garage and there would be aunts, uncles, cousins everywhere! We don't have quite the large gathering we used to, and it is usually at my house but not this year. This year I am going home. My brother Tim lives in our childhood home, complete with the table where we spent so many Thanksgiving meals. Thaddeus, my nephew, wanted to cook this year. He is almost 13, and has aspirations to be a chef when he grows up! He has quite the feast planned for us, I feel blessed. I am thankful for many things, my beautiful family, friends, health, a job, our home. I am also thankful to live in these times where we have the technology that allows us to share and make friends with people we might never had a chance to. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be blessed, be well. Peace to you all. Tj.
Flash back to November 23, 1981, 28 years ago... I gave birth to my first child. A beautiful baby boy who we named Nicholas. Nick you were a big beautiful gift. I love you and I'm so happy you were born! My life would not be as full of love and life without you. You were a happy loving playful child and have grown up to be a wonderful and loving man. I am so proud you are my son. Here are a few photos. Here is me and his dad Adam, before Nick was born. Newborn Nickie 8 pounds 15 oz. After 30 hours of labor we were both a little spacey! Nick and me on his first birthday reading a book. Nick splashing around. Nick and Adam at a baseball game. Nick me and Lindsey in Cannon Beach Oregon! Nick's 21st birthday with cousin Thaddeus (Thaddeus looks like Nick don't you think?). Nick dealing poker at the World Series of Poker last year! And Nick today. Happy 28th birthday honey, I love you!!!
I finished a painting this weekend for the Following the Masters painting challenge. This challenge is open to all mediums and you can replicate or give your own interpretation of the master painting being working on. But this month is a little different. For Challenge Nine no specific painting or Master artist was provided, it was left up to the individual to show who you are inspired by. I've always loved Leonardo da Vinci's Man and I saw a similar interpretation on a t-shirt once. It's always been on my to paint list so I gave it a shot! Black and white is not my usual, but I like it! I will send to the blog and see if it gets added. So here is Tj's Bass Man, acrylic on 12x12 canvas. Be well and go create! Tj.
So, there is construction going on in the lot behind us. It is about 25 feet from my bed. 2 new homes going in. So, they wake us up every morning now at the crack of 7:00am. I am not a morning person, and my hubby works nights so that is way too early for him. Bla... But we were supposed to get rain today, and we were hoping for an early morning rain to prevent the hammering so early... not.
But it has rained, everything smells wonderfully clean and fresh! Love that smell!! Love the rain!!! Makes me feel like dancin! Be well... Tj.
Because I obviously have too much spare time... (right), I've started a new blog. I just love the place where we live. It is so culturally diverse and there is so much life that passes right by my door that I want to share. My plan is to post there daily, just a tidbit of life in the Southside park neighborhood. Some days may be long, some just a photo. If you are interested, I have posted a link to it on the left. It's called "A House of a Different Color". Yes, I did watch the Wizard of Oz over the weekend! My all time favorite movie. :)
I will still be blogging here too, of course! This is all about me, my art, my life, my family, my loves. That will be specifically about my home.
I had a great Second Saturday!! What a great place Vox is, or I guess I should say Sacramento Vox in the Urban Hive building. I think that is right? Good people, great space. The raffle that benefited the Byron Blackburn memorial fund raised over $500. There was some really fun and great art that was raffled. There was also some wonderful art being shown, I am happy to have been part of it! AND.... I believe I sold the Old Town Monterosso Italy Laundry painting! Woo hoo!!! I have had confirmation from the buyer that she does want it. She just loved it, that makes me happy!
Well, off to the YMCA in a bit. Still lovin it!! Be well, be creative... Tj.
I did this painting for a raffle that will be taking place at the VOX show this weekend. Sorry there is a little glare on the photo. The raffle is to benefit the Byron Blackburn memorial fund. A fund that was set up for music students in the Elk Grove school district. We didn't know Byron, he was a local bass player who lost a battle with cancer in September. I understand his wife is an artist, I really feel for her. He was not very old, looks like early to mid 30's in the photos I saw. Anyway, I had another skeleton in me. I am calling her "Bass Blues", she looks so sad, and has a hair clip with a bass clef on it. In honor of Byron Blackburn. I hope they like it. Be well... Tj.
This one is also from a photo my friend David took while on vacation with his wife and my dear friend Carolee. It is in Venice Italy. Acrylic on 24x24 gallery wrap canvas. I call it Venice Laundry. The wall on the right is a little wonkey, but hey it's an old building!!! :)
VOX Studios are located at 1931 H Street Downtown Sac, right at the edge of the second Saturday happenings. Opening night is this Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 - 6-10 p.m. If you are out and about come on by!! Be well. Tj.
In the opening scene, Ruthie Taylor, played by Lindsey Molineaux (my lovely daughter) is bitten by the bat boy. The bat boy is captured and taken to the local vet Dr Parker to be dealt with. Dr Parker's wife takes the bat boy under wing as her own. Dr Parker is very jealous of his wife's love for the bat boy. Ruthi...e, who has been hospitalized for the entire first act due to her injuries, is visited by Dr Parker, he is stricken with jealously and decides that if the bat boy can be blamed for Ruthie's death he would win back his wife. Of course he doesn't, but this is what takes place! Aha aha aha aha!!! God job Lindsey!!! And great job to the cast and crew, Bat Boy the Musical was fantastic!!!!! (Please excuse the terrible video work)
I did not know what happened to her when I saw Bat Boy the first time, I just sat there with my mouth open!!
I am very excited to participate in VOX studios Urban Landscapes show. I will be showing 3 of my laundry paintings. It is a great space, lots of brick walls and has a lofty feel to it! Really nice people too!
The evening will include a benefit for the Byron Blackburn memorial fund. A local musician who lost a battle with cancer. We did not know him, but being the wife of a musician feel honored to be able to help. Here is the flyer...