Happy Thanksgiving  14

As a Thanksgiving treat I am going to share with you this year one of my family’s favorite recipes.

(Click on the title below to download the PDF)

Zimmerman’s Pumpkin Dessert

(the Gault Street School PTA- recipe)

6 eggs beat with electric beater until frothy

Add 1 large can of Libby’s pumpkin (1lb. )

Blend well with eggs until smooth

Add dry ingredients:

11/2 cups of sugar

1tsp. salt

1tsp. ground ginger

¼ ground cloves

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

Blend gently.

Add 1 large can evaporated milk.

Pour into 9×12 lightly greased pan.

To Duncan-Hines Yellow cake mix,

add 1 cube of melted butter or margarine.

Mix together.

Make into a very crumbly substance.

Spread over pumpkin mixture.

Top with 1 cup or more of chopped walnuts or pecans.

Bake at 350* for 11/4 hours. Check in one hour.

Serve with Cool Whip- whipped cream on top.

This recipe my mother discovered through my elementary school’s PTA.  Who the Zimmerman’s are or were I don’t know, but my family and friends have been enjoying this recipe every Thanksgiving since I was a kid.  I do not consider myself a cook, I rarely bake. I can boil and heat things in the microwave. That being said..this is one of the few things I bake.

The recipe is really basic, if you can follow instructions you can bake this.

I will give you a few tips:

Raw pecans are best…since they are raw they don’t burn as easily.

The recipe says check after 1 hr., in reality check after 45min.

A cube of butter is a stick.

The modern Dunkin-Hines classic yellow cake mix is what I use. It’s not as dry or crumbly as the older version. You’ll need to rub it between your fingers to get it to the right texture. Also I recommend tossing a few chunks into the pumpkin layer it’s a bit like buried treasure.

I hope you enjoy this rare recipe and have lovely holiday.

Thanks to All  2

Thank You.

to all who came to the Affair of the Arts and WindyCon41.

It was wonderful seeing all of you lovely people.

For all of you who voted for me  at WindyCon 41 as Best 2-D Pro,

I humbly thank you. I know I was up against some seriously talented Artists.

It seems I have inadvertently become a collector of the works of very talented individual

 Mr. James Brown (award maker extraordinaire and all around nice guy)

, who makes the most imaginative thematic awards for the local SF conventions.

For WindyCon41  this year, he made these lovely hand bound books.

I feel honored to have been able to take one home, trust me the photograph doesn’t do it justice.

( see below)

At the moment it’s blank inside…however will I fill it?:)

 

WindyCon41 Art Show Award Best 2-D Pro

WindyCon41 Art Show Award- Best 2-D Pro

 For the next few months I’ll be hibernating and creating only to emerge at

Capricon35- February 12-15,2015

I am currently in talks with the head of programing for the convention,

and so far I will be leading three workshops,

If you planning to attend bring your art supplies.

I will also be taking part in the Artist Showdown (you don’t have to be an artist to play…but it don’t hurt:)

If you don’t want to draw you can always come and give suggestions and doubtless

a good time will be had by all!

For updates on when and where follow the link above.

I’ll post workshop times, locations and supply lists when things have been finalized.

I can also tell you that I have been selected to participate in

The Affair of the Arts- Spring show

which will be held at the Shores of Turtle Creek on Saturday March 14,2015.

In the meantime I wish you all a

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Halloween! :[  0

Ooo-Shiny media:watercolor&colored pencil

Ooo-Shiny
media: watercolor & colored pencil

Above as a Halloween treat is a peek at one of my latest pieces.

Witch…eckhem..I mean which will be available to purchase as a matted print this next month at:

WindyCon41

&

Affair of the Arts

In honor of all hallows, I also have some scary news. I am currently working on a horror illustration for a Canadian publisher.

It’s an all woman anthology based on the works of HP Lovecraft,

“She Walks in Shadows”.

Yes, me doing a horror illustration, as I said scary news.

Stay tuned I’ll have updates on this in the coming months.

Have a spooky day and enjoy the treats:)

Autumn Shows  1

Take Heart

title: Take Heart
media: watercolor & colored pencil

News Flash!

I have two shows coming up in the Chicago area

this coming November

(actually 2 shows in one weekend)

so mark your calendars!

Am I nuts?

…Why yes I am:)

windycon41

WindyCon 41- Grimm Tales

( click above to go to their website)

November 14-16, 2014

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Lombard, Il

This is a general interest Scifi convention and open to the public ,

Attendees must pay a registration fee.

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Affair of the Arts 2014

( click above to go to their website)

Sunday November 16th, 2014

10am-5pm

The Shores of Turtle Creek
7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081
This is a Art Fair and open to the public admission to the event is free.


Also would like to announce I have just signed up as an exhibitor at:

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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!4

( click above to go to their website)

May 22-24, 2015

Kansas City, MO

Fantasy & Science Fiction Artists convention, Open to the public day and weekend passes available.

It’s in a new venue the Ballrooms at the Muehlebach Tower at the Marriott Hotel.

Right next door at the same time in the Marriott downtown will be the local Sci-Fi convention, ConQuest.

I will post more about this later.

In the meantime I suggest following the link above to the website for news about special guests and more.

As always looks to be an exciting event.

Gallery in the Garden  0

It’s hot, muggy, thunderstorms every other day so of course we all know what that means…it’s outdoor art fair season:) Me being the crazy cat that I am will be joining in on the insanity once again and will have a booth at Gallery in the Garden in Woodstock,IL. July Saturday 26 & Sunday 27, 10am till 5pm .

For more information follow this link:

http://www.galleryinthegarden.org/main.html

 

Seriously folks I’ve looked at the extended weather forecast and it’s looking good. (mid 70s and clear) Perfect time to enjoy hanging out in someone else’s garden for a change. Hope to see you there.

 

Below is a drawing I did recently of a wee friend that’s been hanging out in my backyard this summer.

title: K's Wren media:pencil

title: K’s Wren
media:pencil

Just Ducky  0

Liquid Green Horizon media: watercolor and colored pencil

Liquid Green Horizon
media: watercolor and colored pencil

Come and Join me this weekend at the Westin in Wheeling,Il. for Duckon23.

http://duckon.org

On Saturday at 3pm-6pm in the Art Show,  I will be happy to share with you my intuitive method of working with watercolor and colored pencil. (the method that created the image above.) Bring supplies and be prepared to play.

Swinging on a Star  0

Swinging on a Star media: watercolor and colored pencil

Swinging on a Star
media: watercolor and colored pencil

Above is my latest painting.

Prints will be available this next weekend at

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!3 May 9-11,2014 in Kansas City,Mo.

(details available in previous post)

Look for me in Booth #212…

I hope to see you there:)

 

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! 3  1

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Been busy this month preparing for one of the highlights on my year…..
 
I hope you will join me and 200 artists May 9th, 10th & 11th in Kansas City for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 (www.sfalkc.com). Spectrum is a three-day celebration of the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, and comics art. You will interact with Traditional medium artists, Digital artists working in the Film, Animation, and Video Game fields, Sculptors, Cover Illustrators, Comics Artists, and more. Additionally, there will opportunities to attend workshops, live painting and sculpting demos, panels, meet art directors, conduct portfolio reviews and attend the Spectrum 21 awards ceremonies. If you enjoy my work and would like to experience a wide variety of what the field of fantastic art has to offer I hope you will meet me in Kansas City, May 9-11, 2014.
 
Facebook: Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
Twitter @SFantasticAL ​​
www.sfalkc.com
www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gyJobxvj68

March Madness  0

A ‘creative’ madness has taken over me this month.

How is this different from other months?

Good question:)

Below are just some of the new pieces I’ve created this month and it isn’t over yet!

Dio Sole (sun god) media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

Dio Sole (sun god)
media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

La Dea Luna  (moon goddess) media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

La Dea Luna (moon goddess)
media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

 

 

All to Familiar media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

All to Familiar
media: watercolor, colored pencil and acrylia gouache

4 horned Ram media: watercolor and colored pencil

4 horned Ram
media: watercolor and colored pencil

Liquid Green Horizon media: watercolor and colored pencil

Liquid Green Horizon
media: watercolor and colored pencil

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Love Celtic Bindrune media: watercolor and colored pencil

Love
Celtic Bindrune
media: watercolor and colored pencil