Cranberry Rum Oats

Make this sinful breakfast on cold mornings or whenever you feel you need hearty fortifications for body or soul.  Makes one generous servings or 2 small servings.  Double or triple for family (and maybe put the rum in only the grownups’ portions!) INGREDIENTS: 1 tsp    grass-fed, organic butter (or vegan substitute) 1/4 cup   sliced almonds 1/4 cup   dried cranberries (or other dried fruit, cut … Continue reading Cranberry Rum Oats

Making Amends with Earth

I made a video this morning where I rambled on for 25 minutes about a variety of topics related to the perfection of nature’s designs. You can view the video here. I find it absolutely staggering, how western culture, specifically, the “consumer culture,” has groomed several generation of farmers and gardeners to ignore mother nature completely in favor of gaining “complete control” over her.  There is a … Continue reading Making Amends with Earth

Easter (not the one you think)

We have one planet and one life. Did you know that after the last tree on Easter Island was cut down, the human population succumbed rapidly to self-decimation? Easter Island is but one of many foreboding harbingers of planet earth’s destiny today. While others have scoffed at the parallel, citing that Easter was just a mere island and that those “ignorant” polynesian inhabitants did not … Continue reading Easter (not the one you think)

Self Portrait 1: Interesting Expression

Ahhh… the portrait.  It is somewhat surprising that the ONE object we have seen more than anything else throughout our lives, the one subject that is repeatedly burned into our brains, eludes even the most accomplished artist at times:  Creating a drawing of the human face. This is especially surprising when it is our own face, as we have all, no doubt, spent a vast … Continue reading Self Portrait 1: Interesting Expression

Color Pencil Work

While I have posted color pencil work previously, this assignment focuses on skills required to create depth, volume, and mass in very colorful objects.  Of course all the previous skills are applied, like perspective, shadows, reflections, etc… However, many drawing students are stymied by the way bright and saturated colors can camouflage the tonal range.  It’s fairly easy to see the shifts in value and … Continue reading Color Pencil Work