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Posted on June 18th 2013 Top
Categories: Recipes

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Virgin spinach pina colada smoothie

This morning I made myself this smoothie

Virgin spinach pina colada smoothie

1 cup of frozen pineapple bits
1 cup of "original" (means not vanilla flavor) coconut milk
1 handful of spinach - washed
1 pear - rinsed, cored, diced.
1 1/2 lime, juiced - or to taste.

I added another half a lime to make it a bit more tangy than just the one you see in the picture.

Virgin spinach pina colada smoothie

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Virgin spinach pina colada smoothie

With Trader Joe's raw walnuts. Mmmm!

Virgin spinach pina colada smoothie

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Posted on June 17th 2013 Top

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

When Kate over at Farmhouse38 sent me the picture of her Clementine above (inserted), what I immediately liked about is was the awesome pin light around her as she was photographed against the sun. I love the glow it brings to her comb. I also love that her tail feathers are so shiny and bright.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

I started out by placing her on the drawing with some approximate circles like this.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

Then, using very light pencil strokes, I drew the outline and erased the circles.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

This is my drawing kit. The gray blob is a kneadable eraser. Probably one of my most favorite finds of 2011. An eraser you can mold into any shape you want? Awesome! The white pencil-looking thing is a smudge pen - I am pretty sure I am using the technical term here. It's made of cardboard, rolled up and sharpened and/or cleaned with the sand-paper-strips-on-a-stick you see at the top.

Sand paper on a stick. Awesome!

The other pencils are charcoal pencils. These are the kind you can use for charcoal portraits such as this one I made of B.



Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

Here I am re checking all the dimensions from a different angle. The rest of the chicken was drawn on the table, but after a while you can't "see" it anymore, so a change of scenery helps. Also turning it upside down is great for this which I learned in art class that I took with B. You can see all his artwork here.

Here is one of my favorites that he made:



Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

Here you can see the photo and my drawing side by side.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

Next I pulled out my pastels. They are still brand new looking because all my other drawings (except for the pink flower that I use in my blog banner) were made in class using their pastels. I broke all of these in half as I was using them.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

This is after my first pass of colors. I did this while sitting in on a class that B took on Python programming.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

And here is the finished piece with even more shading and highlights.

This one I sent off to have printed for the give-away and I just love how that turned out. The print has a subtle linen texture and looks like this against the light.

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

Chicken pastel drawing steps 1

And here is the print straight from the front.

There is still time to enter the give-away. Today is the last day. Enter here: Buff up your Farmhouse style - a joint give-away by Farmhouse38 and ShiftCtrlART

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