Monday, May 24, 2010

In the Sunflower Garden

Hi everyone! I wanted to show you my newest painting, "In the Sunflower Garden." For this one I went for a bit of a softer look than I have in the past. I am obsessed with Pre-Raphaelite artists and I am reading a book about John William Waterhouse right now, so I think that's influenced me a bit :)

I enjoyed really taking my time with this one and doing lots of different layers of color to get more depth. I have also been experimenting with using different colors in my girls' faces than I usually do. She is available in my shop.

On another note, I wanted to share my favorite pasta recipe with you! It is very easy, and if you like fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, you will love it! My boyfriend and I love Caprese, and this is sort of a pasta version. I got it out of my Good Housekeeping Vegetarian Meals cookbook.

Pasta with No-Cook Tomato and Bocconcini Sauce

-2 pints cherry tomatoes, each cut in half

-1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

-1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

-1/4 cup olive oil

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

-1 garlic clove, crushed with garlic press

-1 package (16 ounces) penne or corkscrew pasta

-12 ounces small mozzarella balls (bocconcini), each cut in half. (I actually just buy a big ball of fresh mozzarella and cut it into pieces, since it is cheaper at my grocery store :)

1. In large serving bowl, stir cherry tomatoes, parsley, basil, oil, salt, papper, and garlic.Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours to blend flavors.

2. In large saucepot, cook pasta as label directs. Drain well.

3. Add pasta to tomato mixture; toss with mozzarella.
Super-easy, and the only thing you actually have to cook on the stove is the pasta! Well, I hope that you are having a great week and I will see you soon! :)


  1. I love this one, she is beautiful! I really like the soft look and the way you have coloured the edge of the canvas! Lovely piece! And that recipe looks very yummy too! :0)

  2. Ooooo...she is prettyyyy!! Indeed, she is! Again, I love the hair and yes, you're right, I can see the dewy complexion... (^_______^) oxx

  3. beautiful new painting! i love the shading on her hair. so sweet!

  4. ~sweeter than sweet is she...i adore your little innocent and pure looking...waterhouse is one of my favorite artists...and your dinner looks light and refreshing! thank you so for sharing with us...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  5. Beautiful once again! You are one of the most consistent artists I know....doesn't sound like much of a compliment to the non-creative, I know...but you know what I mean :o)

    Keep it up!

  6. Simply adorable!! I love your painting so much! By the way, I'm posting about my favorite artists tomorrow Wed. on my blog and of course you're one of them :)
    Hope you don't mind I included one of your lovely creations on my post, I added your link too :)