Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birch Panel Painting and the Reoccurring Bear

I received three new birchwood panels to paint. This is something new for me and I'm always excited to work with new materials. The drawing above was my inspiration for the painting.

I first sketch my idea in pencil and fill it in with washes of Acrylic paint. Next I added a soft green border with snowflakes surrounding the image.

Some ideas let you know right away that something isn't right. Maybe the painting isn't the correct size for the idea or perhaps it's the wrong medium it's hard to say. Look how different the pencil drawing looks from the rendition in paint,

Lately I've had a black bear theme, (see this post) on my mind.

Original sketch of bear for sheet metal painting,

Here is the 3 foot tall garden sculpture for sale here.

This is a small 9 inch rendition of the larger bear painted on tin,
commissioned by an etsy follower.

The bear image stayed on my mind so, while having tea I had an idea,....,
 here is the final painting on birch panel.

 Black Bear comes to visit in Winter.
Acrylic paint and crayon on birch panel 9x12 inches.

Out of hibernation, the little brown colored black bear comes to a curtained window. I completely repainted the first image and kept the green border with snowflakes. I love the rigid texture of painting on board and how it hold the crayon and paint. I'm looking forward to painting some larger pieces soon.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kolachkys this Winter

In the cold months I like to heat up the stove and bake something delicious. This year the wonderful smells in the kitchen came from my Grandmother's recipe for Kolachkys. Having not made these in a few years it was a special treat that brought my long departed relatives close.

Besides containing yeast and lard, the dough for Kolachkys only has one tablespoon of sugar to six cups of flour, so you can imagine they are not too sweet.  However when the dough is rolled out you sprinkle sugar over the dough as you roll it and this adds a little more sweetness. 

A little cherry, plum or poppyseed jam in the center is the finishing touch for these wonderful and homey old world treats.