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.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

A couple of paintings

Thought I better post something before the month of May is over! Looks like I missed all of April. Its not that I haven't been painting its just that I seem to have been too busy to post. Above is a sweet Key Lime shack in a beach garden scene. It is a very peaceful painting 11"x14" Below is a painting of The Armory. I painted at a plein aire event and won 3rd prize. It was a fun day of painting, it also is 11"x14" I have 3 paintings going in my studio and will post once I am done.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Try a Mojito

New painting, similar to my Rum-n- Coke but this time its a refreshing Mojito. 11"x14" $795.00

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Three New Paintings

"Restful Cottage"
"Starry Night Cottage"

"Serene Cottage"

New painting

" My Key West Neighborhood" 12"x32"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Newest painting SOLD

"Rum-N-Coke" my newest painting, finished this week. This was inspired by tattoo I saw one day at the gallery. It is 11"x14" $795.00 and I will have prints of this one. For some reason I really had fun painting this and totally ignored the 3 projects that I really need to do. Weather has been glorious, perfect bike riding weather. Thanks Nancy- Painting will be on its way to you next week!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Check out my web site

Well I have finally gotten around to updating my web site. Please check it out! I have some new prints and a link to buy t shirts with my images and all my originals are now on my web site.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another new painting SOLD

I have had a lot more time to spend on originals since the holidays are over and started several at once. This is the last of them. "Conch Houses" 11"x14" $785.00 . Its time to start a few more and I have canvases all primed and grounded, ready to go.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Newest earth palette painting

Just finished. Decided I needed a challenge for the new year and went back to a color palette I have used before, all earth tones. Totally enjoyed painting this and like the outcome. 16"x20" It will have a plain black frame. Notice the windows wide open in my studio. The weather has been fantastic.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Two new paintings for the new year

Well I posted these backwards with the details first but You get the idea. I have been working diligently in my studio to finish up these two and I have two more in the works. This is a multiple image painting 16"x20" painting. No working title yet but it will be $1,250.00.

This is the finished product of my plein air day. Also 16"x20" and $600.00, such a bargain.
The weather here in the Keys couldn't be more wonderful. With no real lows or highs. We are experiencing a weird evening FOG tonight with 100 0/0 humidity but otherwise I am sure the sun will burn it off first thing in the morning.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A beautiful day for painting outside or Plein Air

Yesterday was just such a perfect day. I decided to paint under a grand old mahogany tree across from The Armory and right down from my studio. It was so nice watching the world go by on bicycle and car, hidden off the beaten path listening to Livingston Taylor on my headphones. I had seen and heard him the night before right there in The Armory. The painting is not quite done but maybe another hour in the studio and slap a frame on it and on to the next painting. So far its been a beautiful January and with the snow up north the tourists keep flooding down to visit us!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Cuban boaters

My son alerted me to this boat up on Big Coppitt key today. I had seen in the paper 20 cubans had made it to shore but thought nothing of it as it is a fairly everyday occurrence. I was startled to be so overwhelmed by the boat itself. All their clothes and things were left scattered in it, even a toothbrush. The boat itself was beautiful in its craftsmanship but apparently they had built a fire in the bow for warmth. It made realize just how lucky and comfortable I am to live where I do and so many people live a life they would love to leave. Happy New Year to all. Lets all make 2011 a wonderful year!