April’s Grilled Veggie Medley

“Are there any more vegetables left?”…So says my husband last night at dinner! I look at him like he’s nuts. Really? You want more veggies? Who are you?

On my journey of “eating clean” or more like “eating clean..er” I’ve gotten my husband (who hates anything that grows out of the ground) to actually LIKE the veggies I painstakingly prepare for myself at every meal!??


So what did I prepare? I think most restaurants would call it a “Fresh Grilled Vegetable Medley”, but I kinda just made it up so I thought I better write it down!

Get yourself a grill pan, put in a TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, chop up 1/2 a sweet onion, handfuls of fresh Cauliflower, fresh Broccoli florets, fresh Brussel Sprouts quartered and some thinly sliced/strawed Kohlrabi. Grill them up so they are getting that carmel brown and hit it with a few “real” bacon bits and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. As they are all mixing together, season with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes. They should still be firm when you take it out of the pan.

Recipe approved by picky husband! Woot!

My Painting Process

I have a good handle on the first layer of the arches, I'll need a slight dry on this before I start the second layer.

(I’m giving you a sneak peek of how I paint. I usually don’t do this, mostly because I really don’t have a process or maybe I do and just don’t know it yet. For me, painting is just having fun and FINDING my way, but still… Enjoy!)

I’ve always liked time-lapsed videos of artists painting or sculpting. I, of course, have NO patience to try to do this myself since many times when I’m doing a painting I make mistakes, palette knife off half the oil and even scrap the whole thing and start over if I’m not happy with the direction. (And honestly, who likes looking at the back of my head!) But I’m FORCING myself to at least document every step of this painting for my client. This is only a day into the painting and we have a ways to go, but hopefully I’ll have a few more “process” posts as we go along.

P.S. You have no idea how hard it is to stop yourself and photograph your progress. Once you get going, it really is hard to break in and say, “WHOA! HEY! This is a photo op!” especially when you are booking along. But here it is so far with some glorious commentary and a slideshow at the bottom.

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New Painting on the Way

I just got off the phone with my sister-in-law with the realization that I’m busier NOW than I ever was when I was working a full time gig. I blame myself, I love being busy or at least I like to keep it to a dull roar. This last month was a trip to San Diego, our taxes, bi-weekly preschool, snow snow and more snow, and now the start of a new painting! Woot! This is a commissioned piece and my 3rd largest canvas to date. Here is a sketch preview: can you name that famous bridge?