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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nevada Artist and Author, A Fool for Love

As seen in my poetry book, "Artwork From My Heart"

A Fool For Love

A fool for love

I have been,

A childish dream

a wink,

a nod,

sends my heart to flutter.

Take my breath away

spin my head,

no clear thought

do I have,

A fool for love

I have been.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Come for dinner stay for Dessert

I love Sundays, it's the day I make homemade desserts. With Fall on the way and the evenings getting darker earlier. I was thinking of something warm for dessert.

I had gone to my local dollar store and found a couple of great cookbooks for sale. I sat down and started reading through and found a recipe for Cinnamon Rice Pudding.

Cooking time is 4 1/1 hours So its a good thing I did this on Sunday.

Cinnamon Rice Pudding

1/3 lb ( 150g) round-grain rice

1 1/2 oz. (40g) half-salted butter

2 teaspoons powdered cinnamon

1/3 lb (150g) sugar

8 cups whole milk

2 or 3 sticks cinnamon

  1. Preheat the oven to 480F (125C)

  2. Blend the rice, butter, cinnamon, and sugar in an ovenproof dish, if possible a ceramic one.

  3. Bring the mild to a boil

  4. Pour the mild into the dish. Mix the ingredients thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Bake in the oven for 30 min.

  5. Turn the temperature down to 210-250F ( 100-120C) Place the tray in a larger container with water and bake for 4 hours.

  6. Let it cool completely in the ovenproof dish.

  7. Decorate with a few cinnamon sticks and serve.

This is really easy and it smells so good when it's baking.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

day 3 oil potrait

It took the longest time for the sky to dry before I could continue my work. I asked my artist friends about this and they said anything that has a lot of white in the mix well take time. I am learning my lesson in patience. Acrylics dry almost immediately!

So today I have moved on the the background people. I do not want to give them much detail because they are not the main subject. However, I did notice that I can not paint areas next to each other while wet without smudging. So, I will paint in stages while things dry. I did learn that if you put the painting in your car it will dry quicker.

I am happy to take a break for drying so I can breath. Oh, did I mentions oil paints have a strong odor so I have to have the windows open. The one thing I do find fun is mixing the paints to make my colors. This always makes me feel like a chemist. I think it's moving along nicely and I'm pleased.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

To Be in the Arms of Love

To Be in the Arms of Love

I have been taken,

numbed, dumbed and stunned

into the arms of love.

Would you kindly turn yourself

inside out and twist

your heart just so

to be in the arms of love.

If you would, could you please

remove all logical though

and expose yourself emotionally

to be in the arms of love.

Buckle up for the ride of love

is intense.

You have no idea how steely

you must be

to be in the arms of love.

From my book "Artwork for my Heart"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jean to Ginny, 53 recipes number 2 Chilled Red Pepper and Leek Soup

There's a new rule in my house. Yes, you have to try it.
Just a few things to say here.
First, I don't' think I have ever bought a leek. They look like big chives. Next, when i got the recipe through my e-mail from my sister i though great chop, chop not cooking, it was chilled soup, you know cold soup, not cooking.
Well, no not exactly, there is slicing, and sauteing and PUREEING!!
Even with all that said this is really easy and wow what a great presentation with the rings of red peppers and chives for garnish.
Just a quick note, The Brownies, I have had to make 3 batches so far!!
This recipe comes from ENTERTAINING COOKBOOK
chilled Red Pepper and Leek Soup

1/2 stack of butter
1 1/4 pound red pepper, chopped
2 cups leeks, sliced White and pale green parts only
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
red bell pepper rings
chopped chives

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-heat. Add chopped bell peppers and leeks and saute until tender, about 18 minutes. Add broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Puree soup with hand blender. Refrigerate until cool. Mix buttermilk into soup. season with salt & pepper. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Garnish with bell pepper and chives

Surprisingly good, incredibly easy.
So glad it's still summer,
Bon Appetite

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oil Potrait, Nevada artist paints ocean portrait

Day 2

I put in the sky and water, more needs to be done, but unlike acrylics, that I am use to oil paints need to dry in between layers. So now I wait.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oil Potrait, Nevada artist paints ocean portrait

Day two,

It's a good day for painting!! It's raining, cold, and gray.

I am starting with a stretched canvas 16" x 20", medium textured, acid free, triple primed!!

For oil paint. non toxic

I like to sketch out the image first, this gives me an idea of where the subjects are if they are centered, even and if the composition looks balanced.

This of course is not a very detailed drawing and don't' be surprised if things change as I go along.

I really wanted to know where the horizon line is so I can put the sky and water in today.

a rule of thumb, ( I occasionally mess with) is that NOTHING goes in the center horizontally or vertically.

More to come,


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rich Fudgy Brownies

Rich Fudgy Brownies

I am sure I am the person Julia Child's was thinking about when she wrote her book for the "American serventless house wife." Here I am shopping, cleaning, and cooking all by myself.

I have received 5 recipes to start with for the next 5 weeks. I am just like a child who can't wait for dessert. Except I'm an adult!! and I can choose to have dessert FIRST. So in that vein of thought I AM STARTING WITH DESSERT.


This recipe is so easy and without a box!! I found that because of where I live in high altitude and a different size pan, I had to some adjustments of my own to the recipe. May I just say, "Really, is there anything more fun than WHISKING!!"

The smell of chocolate wafting through the house is wonderful and festive.

The question in the house was "Wow, what's cooking?"

Tonight I have a wine walk to go to and the brownies will be sitting on my table where I sell my fine art note cards. They will be a great compliment for wine, fun, food and friends.

So there you have, the brownies were easy, smooth, rich and satisfied my sweet chocolate craving. I bet the food critics gave this recipe 5 big stars.

If anyone would like the recipe just e-mail me and I will send it to you,


Jean Hart


Friday, September 11, 2009

oil potrait

Oil Potrait
Come along with me as I start my new Commission,
I am an artist living in Nevada, the desert of Nevada, and I recieved a commission to do a oil potrait of a man fishing on the ocean.
So I now INVITE you to join me as I begin my first Oil commission step by step.
It all starts with a new canvas.
Jean Hart

Thursday, September 10, 2009


September A month of Muses in Nevada
They come to inspire you with fun and ecstasy. They challenge you to create beauty. They are also the ruler of your heart. So I have challenged myself to a cook off so to speak. My sister and I went to see the movie Julie & Julia, it happened to be the same day she gave me her cookbook she has been assembling for the past year.
Since I am not the cook in the house I have been challenged to try each recipe out.
Jean & Ginny, 53 recipes!!! This week I will start scrubbing down the kitchen in preparation for my recipes to arrive via e-mail, 4 at a time.
What will you do in September to please the Muses???

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Heads up
it has happened
I have recieved my first commission!!!!whoa!!!!
"I will share with you the steps of this oil potrait as I go alone"