Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rose floral paintings in acrylics, oils and watercolor and a free Christmas ornament painting video on YouTube!

        Hello friends....so sorry it has been a while since posting. I have been 
beating the summer heat by staying in my studio and surrounding myself with 
paints, canvas' and cold drinks.
I have also been keeping cool by painting Christmas ornaments.
I even created a fun video tutorial giving you full instructions for you to create your own!


You can 
find the video on my YouTube channel
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For those of you who are interested in some of the art, I have been creating this summer ...
Here is a sampling 
I am having fun painting whimsical ladies, cottage florals, folk art scenes, country meadows, intuitive landscapes, watercolor pretties and more.
Acrylics, oil paints, and watercolors fill my days. 
Not a bad way to spend these hot summer days.

Oils

Oils

Oils

acrylics

My new watercolor line of umbrellas in my Vida online shop



Acrylics & Annie Sloan paint

Painted vintage wicker table
Oils




Acrylics

Acrylics

Acrylics

Acrylics

Watercolor & pencil

Watercolor & Ink

Watercolor & Ink

Watercolor



Oils

Oils

Oils

Acrylics

Acrylics
Well, that's what I have been busy doing lately. How about you lovely folks...what are all of you up to this summer? Do tell.

Don't forget, If you want to learn how to paint like me.....I can teach you!!
I offer online art workshops via the creative website
Come visit and check out all the wonderful artists and varied workshops available.
Until next time....be kind and stay creative.
Hugs,
Janet xx

Friday, June 14, 2019

Spice up your life! Sriracha Salt recipe

Hello friends...no, I have not fallen off the edge of the earth! I realize it has been a while and for that, I apologize. A lot!
Original watercolor by Janet
Here is a pretty picture to distract you from being too annoyed at me for being away so long. 
Is it working???
Seriously, I am very sorry for staying away for so long.

I have a really delicious recipe to share with you today.
Homemade Sriracha Salt!
Two years ago, my son gifted me with a half dozen or so packages of assorted salts, sugars, and spices. Among the group was Sriracha salt, which I promptly fell head over heels in love with.
I recently searched the 
internet for recipes to create my own flavored salts and found a winner.
It's called Jan's Sriracha Salt.
You can view the recipe 



The recipe is super easy...only two ingredients!
So delicious with..
eggs
avocados
soups and chilis
grilled meats
fish
favorite veggies
Just about 
ANYTHING!
Details: Oven temps may vary and my Sriracha Salt cooked in less than the stated 3 hour time.
I would check it at about 2 1/2 hours.
So give it a try and let me know how you like it.


 Until next time...be kind and stay creative.
Hugs,

Friday, April 5, 2019

Chocolate Box Cottages....No silly, you don't eat them!

Hello friends...welcome back.
Do you know what a 'chocolate box cottage' is?


I had never heard of the term until I began to research photos for a post on English cottages. I kept seeing this term being used in descriptions of cute cottage homes.
Here is the definition according to David Burr, a British real estate company.

The term ‘chocolate box’ originates from late Victorian times. Today it is used to describe something which is ‘sentimentally appealing or pretty in a conventional way’.
Gaining popularity in the mid-20th Century, the phrase ‘chocolate box cottage’ derives from the picturesque scenes printed on boxes of Cadbury’s chocolates throughout the 1950s and 60s. During this period, the confectionery company included scenes from the ‘model village’ of Bourneville on their packaging.


Built in the late Victorian period by George Cadbury, Bourneville’s high-quality houses were constructed to house the workers at Cadbury’s nearby factory and other families from the back streets of Birmingham. Letting the homes for low rent, Cadbury’s socially responsible aim was to house people on lower incomes.
When these scenic images started appearing on Cadbury’s packaging, the term chocolate box cottage was coined.
The quaint cottages often had low ceilings inside whiches added to their coziness, at least one fireplace, a garden and often a thick thatched roof.
Love the white picket gates. 
 Quintessential English garden. 
 Look at that amazing thatched roof! If constructed properly, these roofs could last up to 50 years.
They were warm in the winter, cool in the summer, waterproof and easily repaired.
 So beautiful!
I love the pink cottage!

Now you know what a chocolate box cottage is!
Until next time....be kind and stay creative!
Hugs,
Janet xox