Saturday, 18 November 2017

November Monthly Challenge @ Art Beads Scene

You probably know by now that I enjoy taking part in the monthly challenge over at Art Beads Scene Studio. Checking this month's artwork inspiration, I loved it straight away. The painting is called 'Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill' by Armand Guillaumin, created in 1906 and it is oil on canvas. I like the colours and the painting that came to mind to use for my pendant connector is 'Midnight Meadow'. Do you approve? As always, enjoy the making of photos and I am looking forward to the next month's challenge.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Christmas Ornaments

I enjoy making Christmas ornaments, either hand painted or mounted with prints after my wintry paintings. As I like unusual decoration for my tree, I thought that other people might look for something whimsical and quirky. This year's ornaments are all about Devon inspired cottages, the same that appear in my paintings. White cute cottages against various shades of blue, green and grey backgrounds with hints of green and red, the colours of Christmas. Here are the making-of photos. Enjoy!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Four Ways of Wearing Ethical Fashion

Knitwear - People Tree; Trousers - People Tree; Scarf - my late grandmother's 

1. Ethical clothing from dedicated brands

My favourite brands are People Tree, Nomads Clothing and Seasalt. If you want to change your wardrobe into a more ethical one, you don't have to throw out everything and buy new clothes; you can do it slowly so every time you need a new item, simply look for its ethical version. It will be more durable and timeless.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Bracelet for Madame De Pompadour - Art Bead October Challenge

I love the monthly challenge over at Art Beads Scene Studio even though I have only taken part once so far. Checking this month's painting inspiration, I loved it straight away - Madame De Pompadour by Francois Boucher, dated 1756 and created in oil on canvas. I like the sumptuousness of the dress and the shades of teal and pink and I instantly thought that I could use the below pendant connector for which I printed a mini image of my original painting 'Daisies and Friends'. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

How I revived my blog in 2017

It is not easy to keep a blog, especially if you don’t particularly like talking about yourself. And, we, artists and crafters, are all guilty. We prefer to get on with our work and not ramble about our lives. Who would be interested? What would I write about? How will I come up with new ideas? What else should I write about apart from my art/craft? These are just a few questions that the majority of us don’t have answers to so we either don’t start a blog at all or if we do start one, we shortly abandon it for lack of ideas. I know, I have been there too.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The smell of autumn: smoked aubergine purée

It's been a while since I wrote this article and I am still enjoying a good old aubergine salad which, in the meantime, I found out is called smoked aubergine purée (it is a matter of translating from Romanian into English and not about the dish itself - we call it salad even though it is a purée). The ingredients are the same: smoked aubergines, homemade mayonnaise and either onion or garlic. But my version replaces mayonnaise with mascarpone cheese and I am also adding red peppers. There are other varieties out there, one of them being with smoked aubergines, yoghurt, garlic and dill - this is something I've yet to try. In a meantime, here are some pictures showing my version and if you like aubergines in every shape and forms (I love them!) this is a perfect autumn dish that you can use either as a dip or as a breakfast spread on toast. Delicious!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Cosy Autumn

This post is a showcase of what autumn means to me: autumnal inspired jewellery, dried flowers, cosy knitwear, foraged goodies and the smell of coffee.

Outside studio

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Summer Meadow Inspired by the Eden Project

Have I ever told you that Eden Project is one of my favourite places? Not only is it educational but it offers plenty of photography opportunities. During one of my visits, I was impressed by this meadow scene and few months later, I decided to paint it. Here are the step-by-step photos. Enjoy!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Foraging blackberries for a delicious cake

I love foraging - wild strawberries in late spring, elderflowers in summer and blackberries in autumn. The first day of September was sunny so I decided to go foraging and bake a cake. Even though I am trying to make no-bake low calories cakes, every now and then I would bake cakes with fruits like boiled clementine cake, gooseberry cake and today's cake with blackberry. I used the same recipe as for gooseberry cake that I found here and yes, I did make a gooseberry cake a few weeks ago when I bought some gooseberries on sale and they were too sour to eat.