Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mantel Magic


Recently I stumbled upon this antique mantel in a local shop.  The photo shows the mantel lying on the floor of my entry living room.   It is close to the era of my home and likely similar to one that was removed from the entry room of my home several owners ago.  With help from my dear friend  Scott d.b.a. "The Second Artist", the column and plinth on the left side will be reattached and the entire mantel will be installed where the original one lived.  There will be more photos to come, as we progress.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Black Raspberry Custard Pie with Freshly Picked Berries


Black Raspberry Custard Pie

1 cup sugar                                        
2 Tbsp. flour                       
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup half & half
2 eggs                                                   
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 cups sliced strawberries or peaches or whole black raspberries
1 unbaked pie shell – 9 inch         

Mix sugar, flour and salt. Add half & half, slightly beaten eggs, and melted butter. Blend well. Sprinkle fruit with small amount of sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or fresh grated nutmeg and stir well.  Place fruit into bottom of pie shell.  Pour mixture over the fruit. Sprinkle top with very small amount of cinnamon. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes then turn down to 325° and bake until custard sets.  (At our high altitude here, my total baking time was 60 minutes.  If you live at sea level or so, your baking time would be less.)

I picked the black raspberries from my friend's garden this week.  I made two of these pies last night.  Let the pie cool before slicing.  I also recommend refrigeration till it's all consumed.  This pie is fabulous and the flavor of the berries is enhanced by being baked in a custard.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pet Portrait Commission

Pet Portrait Commission.  Acrylic on canvas, 12"x12"  Toni Youngblood
The adult dog on the right side has gone to the "Rainbow Bridge".  The owners commissioned this portrait with his little puppy Dachshund fellow family member.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Montepulciano Twilight

Montepulciano Twilight, Watercolor and oil pastel on Arches paper 22"x30", Toni Youngblood 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meditative Knitting

Meditative Knitting, 30"x22" Watercolor and oil pastel on Arches paper, Toni Youngblood 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tabletop Tulip Topography

Tabletop Tulip Topography - 30"x22", Watercolor, oil pastel and color pencil, Toni Youngblood 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Acryilic Painting: Class Lessons


Beginners' Acrylic Painting students painted along with me on this demonstration. They learned to layout their composition by gridding the original and the surface on which they are to paint, blending the colors into each other to model the three dimensionality of the objects, complementary color effects and mixing ultramarine blue with burnt umber to create a lively black...and they had fun doing it!

 
Intermediates' Acrylic Painting students followed me on this demonstration by painting their own. They learned important use of positive and negative space. They examined how objects we know are of the same hue in nature can change appearance to the eye according to light and shadow. They learned to mix paint colors to "match" the colors that we actually see by evaluating the target color for: hue, value, and intensity. They also learned to create an "olive" green by mixing black and yellow together.

My Acrylic Painting Classes are out for Summer break, but will start up again in the Fall!  Watch this website for posting of the Fall 2014 Course Catalog and Registration:  Salt Lake Community Education







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