Cherries Jubilee

This is the second painting in the watercolor series for my kitchen. Again, I learned some fun techniques from Vivian at Art with Viv, and this is one of the largest pieces I’ve ever painted.

Cherries Jubilee
Cherries Jubilee

I’m currently working on the third painting in this series and plan to have it finished soon. I’m excited to get them matted, framed, and hung on the wall. I hope your part of the world is starting to enjoy some bits of normalcy regarding the pandemic and that you are doing well. Thanks for stopping by!

Summer Simplicity

Our summer had been going along simply and relaxing when, in July, my daughter bought a condo. There was a lot of painting and readying for about a month and everything turned out beautifully! By mid August she finally moved in with her cousin, Katie, as her roommate and thereby officially making my husband and me empty nesters.

Summer Simplicity
Summer Simplicity

In the meantime, during my weekly art class I had been working on this painting. As it was being finished, I decided to give it to them as a housewarming gift. I thought this subject was so simple, summery, and feminine, and it looks perfect hanging in their dining room. Congratulations to Carrie and Katie, and may they make many fun memories together in their new place! PS: Thanks to everyone who helped the girls with painting, furniture, preparing, moving, etc. – they could not have done it without you!!

Cherries

Hello to my dear readers out there.  I hope you’ve all be doing well!  I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately, mostly due to lack of time but sometimes a lack of motivation.

I decided the easiest way to get back in the saddle again was to go back to the beginning and paint some Doodlewash prompts.  It was satisfying to splash the paints again so hopefully I can get back on track.   Sending good wishes and hugs to you all!

 

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day #doodlewashaday

Today we celebrate cake without frosting, which is pretty bland unless it is baked with a gooey topping of pineapples rings, brown sugar, butter, and maraschino cherries.  Of course the topping is actually baked as the bottom and then inverted, helping the buttery, caramelized brown sugar goodness absorb into the cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Centuries ago this cake was “baked” in a cast iron skillet, which is evidently ideal for caramelizing sugar while preventing the butter from burning.  Pineapple upside down cake was once thought of as a good option to serve for breakfast, but nowadays we usually suggest something with a little more protein to start the day.  So, make sure you have some yogurt on top.  🙂