Monday, August 18, 2014

On The Easels: New Work in Progress

Above:  24"x36 Acrylic Paint on Canvas ~Toni Youngblood 2014

Above:  30"x24" Acrylic Paint on Canvas -  My King Zephyr tenor sax is the subject for this one ~Toni Youngblood 2014

Both of these pieces are inspired by photographs I've taken of musical instruments in recent years as my own budding musical journey has thrust me to venture "places" undreamed.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Antique Mantel Installed!

For fun, I am including photos from when I first moved into my house eight years ago and current photos showing how the spaces and furniture have evolved.

Dining Room BEFORE...(Previous owners installed gypsum wall board over an existing window and after a couple of years, I pulled that out to return natural light through the window into the space.  I also painted the original plaster wall a hot chili pepper and replaced my six high-back Italian dining chairs with four Wishbone-style chairs and an antique Regency-style sofa which was placed on the curb by a neighbor.)

Dining Room AFTER...

Living Room BEFORE...(Some time ago, long before I bought the house, previous owners removed the original mantel.  In a local consignment shop, I recently found the antique mantel from a house of the same era.  I just had it installed this week.  Since this "Before" photo, I replaced the sage green sofa with a leather "Stockholm" sofa from Ikea and recovered the 1930's rattan chair cushions.  The 1830's Norwegian Armoire now serves it's original purpose in an upstairs bedroom.)
Living Room AFTER...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Two Painting Commissions Completed

Above:  Completed commission: Pet Portrait - Blue Great Dane, 12"x12" acrylic on stretched canvas, Toni Youngblood 2014.

Above:  Completed commission: Painting (after Beastie Boys Album cover) for a local musician, 36"x36" acrylic on stretched canvas, Toni Youngblood 2014.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mantel Parts Repair

Plinth and column base cleaned of glue. New dowel cut, masked ready for finish repair. Glues used were epoxy, had to plane it down. So the finish now needs a little repair.


Finish repaired and ready for glue up.

Many thanks to my friend, Scott from The Second Artist

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.



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