The discoveries! This is getting more and more fun as an artist. I have been bringing new vegetables home that I have never tried before for 'arts sake'. Last night I wasn't planning on making any food art. It was a busy day, and I just had to shop and get home so we could eat dinner and get to bed. In the store, or course I couldn't help myself! I discovered a black radish (My Husband's pants in this picture). It intrigued me to find what was inside. It was so dark and mysterious! When I got home I cut it open and heavens to Betsy it was bright white! Who would have thought? A gem in the produce isle once again! The magic! Life is good! I was so excited I had to make a quick art piece. The texture was just like my husband's pants. (Oh, the things that spark the creation of art, my husband's work pants LOL) The things I could make from this new discovery!
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the taste as well. It was so good raw and I can't wait to try to prepare it in different ways today! I will give and update later on after trying it out on the kids. "Kids, tonight we are having Daddy's pants! Enjoy!"
This is the beginning of a beautiful thing. Doing what I love, and having people appreciate it more than I ever knew. I have been on TV six times in the last two weeks creating food art. The calls and the outpour of support has been tremendous! THIS fuels my fire as an artist and as a mother.
There are a few things that I am learning. The first is many parents have trouble getting their kids to eat veggies and this is helping them rediscover fruits and vegetables themselves as adults. They are becoming more interested in food and creating fun colorful dishes. Yay! The next thing I have learned is food art doesn't travel well. I have never had to make it to go anywhere. It is just my family dinners. I make them and most of the time they are just shapes balancing on each other until I snap a photo then we break it apart and we turn it into veggie stew, or a fruit salad. For TV segments, I can't make it ahead of time, so it is just truly 'live'. So far, so good, but there will be a day where the whole thing falls apart on live TV. Hopefully it won't be on NBC tomorrow morning! The last thing I have learned is to just enjoy this journey. I don't like to watch myself on TV. I am too critical. I just want to keep having fun. When I watch myself, it takes the fun out of it. I just have to 'keep on keeping on'. (These words were actually on a handout of sayings that my husband received at the hospital when I was about to have our first child) I never thought I would use those words, but here you have it. I hope to bring you all great things. I hope to stretch boundaries. Maybe have some BIG dinner parties where I could have a LOT of food to work with and not waste any. Time to get creative. Thanks everyone. If you have any comments I would LOVE to hear from you! Just going to 'Keep on keeping on...'
I think it is funny how I have been an artist my entire life, create huge paintings and works of art that I spend months on, and now I am on TV for my food art. (two channels this week and three segments next week on different shows) Always the unexpected isn't it? I love to paint. I do it almost every single day, whether it is teaching classes at my studio, or painting just to paint. It is my constant.
Something happened with the food art now though too. I can't stop seeing things when I go shopping in that produce isle, or when I just look at different foods. It takes over! Even when I don't have time, or want to take the time to make something, I just can't help myself. I have to see if I could make what is in my mind. Here is an example. This weekend at a sushi restaurant I was playing with my wasabi. Who knew wasabi was so delightfully moldable? I had to hide my desire to play in my food again from my family, but when they all went out to the restrooms, I was free to explore! I grabbed both our kids little mounds of heat, and added them to my own. After getting really into it for the couple of minutes I had, I suddenly felt embarrassed and didn't want to look up because I was lost in my moment playing. I was making little portraits by rolling balls of horseradish in my hands first. Who does this? Thank goodness only the sushi chefs saw me. They actually watched the whole time and then asked if they could keep them (two little green heads with ginger hair). My family loved them too when they returned. I wish I had my camera or phone.
Yes, I will be buying some of that wasabi. You will see it soon. I think I will call my next piece, 'Now THAT'S HOT!' Another adult book anyone?
We just got back from the snow up in Flagstaff! On New Years eve I made some warm bear soup (ingredients above), and got ready for our journey. Our kids were excited, and I was nervous to drive through a storm (Momma Bear top left). As a native New Yorker, I thought I had enough snow for my lifetime, living there for twenty years, but when the kids begged to go, we couldn't resist. They had only seen snow two times before and they were just tiny children. It was time. Now at 10 and 12 years old, it is a whole new world of detailed snowmen, sledding, and real snowball fights like from the movies. We drove for only 2.5 hours and there it was! Cauliflower, or sorry, no, I mean snow was floating down like we were in a dream! It was around 30 degrees, and it was so beautiful outside! Our kids kept pinching themselves. It was a picture perfect snow day. It didn't seem real. What a great way for 2017 to begin!
I LOVE New Years resolutions! I have one thought for all of you. WRITE YOURS DOWN. Last year I had a big one. Get my first book published. (: We all know how that went!
Whatever yours may be, please take the time and write it down. It will happen!
CHEERS to a healthy and happy 2017. Great things are coming! I would love to hear some of your New Years Resolutions. If you tell someone, you become accountable. Drop me a line, or comment here. One of mine is to complete my two new books. I can't wait to share the details. All kid appropriate this time!
Sandra Marshall is a professional artist. Currently she is the proud owner of Be...An Artist/ Be...A Chef Studios which combine all types of arts under one roof. Be...An Artist/Be...A Chef combines fine art painting, with performance classes, comedy nights, yoga, health classes for the mind, body and spirit, as well as the the art of cooking. Please check out Be...An Artists website.