Generally you want to see a shine on the tender surface of an onion, just below the crackly paper-thin skin.   Vidalia onions are my favorite and they are especially good this time of year, so mild and sweet.  However, I happened to have a lot of purple mixed on my palette, so I opted to paint these purple onions.  While they look pretty on a salad or sandwich, purple onions tend to be too strong for my taste buds.

Purple Onion

Purple Onion

Did you know that putting a fresh onion in the freezer 15 minutes before cutting into it will reduce eye tearing/crying?  This is one of my favorite kitchen hacks.


Produce cannot get much smoother than the glossy eggplant.  Often mistaken as a vegetable, it is indeed a fruit, a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes and peppers.  Eggplants also come in green and white varieties but purple is most common in our grocery store.



It is advised to buy the smallest, freshest eggplant you can find because it will have the sweetest flavor and be more tender.  The flavor tends to become more bitter as the fruit grows in size.

Sunglasses #WorldWatercolorGroup

Today is Labor Day here in The States, and what better way to honor hardworking folks than by giving them a day off work?  Our weekend has been delightfully sunny so the prompt of sunglasses is quite appropriate.  The frames of these sunglasses are based on my real eyeglasses, which are actually a darker shade of purple, but there is a tortoise shell-type effect on the inside of the temples.  The outside of my eyeglass temples are just a plain dark purple, but because I really wish they had the tortoise shell look on the outside I painted these sunglasses to reflect that.


I had fun coming up with the variegated lenses and think this colorful pair of sunglasses would be a lot of fun to wear.  Happy Labor Day!

Sand Dollar, #WorldWatercolorMonth 2016

I can’t believe today is already July 1, which kicks off the very first ever World Watercolor Month.  This great event was spearheaded by Charlie O’Shields of Doodlewash, who went to the National Day Calendar folks and arranged to make this an official month-long event.  There are a couple of goals of this celebration – to simply share a love of watercolor with other folks, to encourage, and to be inspired by the works of others around the world.  We are also raising awareness for the Dreaming Zebra Foundation and the Art Room Aid project sponsored by Dick Blick with hopes of bringing art supplies and learning to children who otherwise would not have exposure to these enriching things. If you’d like to learn more about any of this, simply click on the links above.


World Watercolor Month 2016

Today I offer you a tiny sand dollar (or as I learned from fellow WordPress blogger and amazing artist, Sissh, it is called a pansy shell in her area of the world).  Even though there is not much to it, I struggled with this silly painting.  I was finally happy when I changed all the grays to purple, which makes me think I should call it a purple pansy shell more than a sand dollar at this point.

Sand Dollar aka Pansy Shell

Sand Dollar or Pansy Shell

In any event, happy inaugural World Watercolor Month!  I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!