Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer update

Here is a summer update.  The weather has been quite rainy but the clouds have been amazing. I got a new camera this week so I have been playing with it. This is the view outside my studio today! I finished 2 paintings for some lovely people from Poland. They gave me all the things they wanted and I filled the canvases. They will be in Key West in a week to see them in person!
 This was taken with the sepia mode, its nice to see it in black and white , I can see my darks and lights more easily.Click on the pictures for a closer look.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Bike

I have painted another bike for TSKW (The studios of Key West) This is for their 5th birthday and they will raffle it off March 3rd. This bike has a theme of the arts and the buildings that make up TSKW campus. They are taking applications right now for next years residencies and workshops and shows. Check the web site and apply. Who wouldn't want to spend a month in Key West next winter!

Monday, January 2, 2012


Finished on New Years Eve day. 24"x30" "The Porch of Indecision" Hope everyone has a bright, festive, happy and successful 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I know I did with lots of pleasant surprises!

Right before Christmas a lovely man from Switzerland stopped in the gallery and handed me a CD and asked me to read the inside note. In the Thanks to: area he thanked Pam Hobbs. with a quizzical look he explained that he had some of my art work in his home and he looked at it everyday and it reminded him of the warm colorful Key west that he likes to visit. I was touched and quickly put his music in to listen to. Its lovely guitar and singing. It definitely made my day and I wanted to share his music with you. Thanks Michael!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Right before Christmas

The gallery has been busy and so have I . Here are three new paintings that are hanging in the gallery today. Hope everyone has a merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Well its almost December and I have been quite lazy with my blogging, but I will try and recap the last few months......
I moved into a new studio!...............

I did a lot of new paintings.....................

There was Lobster fest..................

I went to Boston to visit my daughter and cousins and sister.....................

It was Stone Crab season!..........................
Fantasy Fest came and went................

I ate a lot of Turkey and Pie..............
I have been painting up a storm..............
Christmas is almost upon us and I am gearing up for season. Hopefully I will be a little more on the ball with my blog and at least post some new paintings and food items!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Arlyn's Kale Salad

Welp this is my first post on my moms blog and I thought i would share my kale salad recipe. It took me a couple tries to get it dialed in but this recipe is catching on quick and it's a real crowd pleaser.

A few things to think about this salad before you prepare it: It's simple, cheap, and easy! I'm not going to give any exact measurements on the ingredients in this salad but I think of adding sprinkles, dustings, and pinches of ingredients is key. At no time should you be adding piles of ingredients, preserve the taste of the kale, let the ingredients be a subtle and savory taste on the pallet after the taste of the Kale.

First off your going to need some Kale
Once you get it home wash it off and remove the leaves from the stalk. Then run your knife through the pile so you are left with bite size chunks.

Next up is a simple list of ingredients found in most kitchens: Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Lemon, Honey, Sesame Seeds and Avocado.

Once you have gathered your ingredients and prepared your kale, transfer the kale pile into a large salad bowl. The first two ingredients to add are Olive Oil and Salt, these are the two most important ingredients of the salad so make sure all parts get good coverage. Mix these two ingredients together with your hands and allow the oil and salt to "cook" the kale. The salt and oil should break down some of the tuff qualities of the kale but preserve the texture.

Once you have completed this step go about adding the Pepper and Honey. Glazing the top with a light stream of honey seems to work well and nice dusting of black pepper hits the spot, mix it up and give it a try. Still not enough? go ahead and add some more. Once you find the right balance of black pepper and honey it's time to add the last three ingredients. I like to dust the top of the salad with sesame seeds, then add half of an avocado thinly sliced, then right before you serve it squeeze half a lemon over the salad and enjoy!
Hope everybody is having a good summer. Summer school is about over and I have been having more fun then i can count of 11 fingers in asheville.