Water paintings

This is the way artist Polina Bright starts her day. What an awesome, positive way to loosen up your mind and hands for more detailed paintings. I love the way that you just kind of can see what it is going to look like and you never know what the paint is going to do, at least I don’t, who is not that familiar with watercolours. So inspiring and it makes me wanna try to, and to get into my art!

Polina has several videos on YouTube where she paints very beautiful and complex watercolour paintings and you can also buy her paintings and prints on her website.

water paintings by polina bright


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Jewellers Frankenbench

Making a jewellers benchI am slowly working towards getting my jewellers stuff up and functional, I think I have had enough of a break from art school now and I am itching to start creating jewellery again. This is my true vocation.
Anyway, I don’t have a proper jewellers bench, I don’t really need one either (Expensive!), but I need a god working space of some sort, and I came across people making their own “Frankenbench” from an old sturdy desk. Se links and pictures below! That is a fantastic idea and I have acquired a desk for the purpose, now I (and here I mean me, my husband and my dad) have to rebuild it a bit.
Don’t worry, it’s not a fancy second-hand desk, well it is, but it is broken and needs a total makeover to work anyway. eava6864The plan is, and here I got lots of helps from the tutorials below, to remove the top of the desk, fix the surface of it, remove the veneer (its water damaged) and if its nice wood underneath, polish and oil that, or add a sheet of sturdy linoleum.
Then build a frame around the now exposed top of the desk to raise it about 20 cm, put the top back on, make a half circular cut out of the top, add some jewellers attributes and use the middle drawer as a catcher for shavings.
Id like to paint the grey parts not grey too, dark green perhaps.
In a nutshell. Easy right. Wish me luck!
I need a nice chair too, one you can move up and down.

Here we have all my lonely, abandoned jewellery stuff. Crammed in boxes 50 and 9. 😦

Here are two excellent tutorials on how to create your own “Frankenbench”.

This one is made by Maureen from the “Release Me Creations” blog, and you can find her tutorial here.

This one is made by Brian Meek and you can find his tutorial here. 


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Collaboration between artist and insect

Artist Hubert Duprat collaborates with caddisfly larvae as they build aquatic cocoons from gold and Pearls.

Watch the complete video here, recommended!

These little aquatic creatures are apparantly very common and build their cocoons from materials they find on the river/pond/lake bed of where they live, and glue the pieces together with silk that they produce. Artist Hubert Duprat thought of giving them gold and precious stones as building material and these magnificent cocoons where built. Talk about thinking outside the box, it is truly an artistic mind that comes up with something like this.

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Message to Future Generations

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
(18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had “never been any of these things, in any profound sense

Quotes:

  • Message for future generations“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
  • “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”
  • “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
  • “Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.”
  • “There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.”
  • “Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.”
  • “Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.”

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Asian inspired vegetable stew with coconut milk

Since you, my lovely readers, seemed to like it when I wrote about my soba noodle recipe, I herby present you with another. Its an asian inspired vegetable stew with coconut milk, vegan of course. Names for this “thing” would be appreciated. 🙂

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Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Rice, four portions
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Bag of frozen asian inspired vegetables, (carrot, red cabbage, bamboo shoots, edamame beans, snap peas, bean sprouts and water chestnut) or fresh ones if you like, enough for four. Change it around if you like.
  • 1 can of coconut milk, normal size
  •  3-4 tbs of Japanese soy sauce (preferably of as good quality as your supermarket provides)
  • 1/3 of an umami bullion cube, vegetable bullion works too.
  • 1 to 2 tbs Peanutbutter

Please choose organic if possible.

Rice:
Start the rice, do as the bag sugests for four portions, (I used jasmine rice) but ad about a teaspoon of turmeric to the water before it starts boiling, for the yellow flavour which is obviously more fun but also really good for you.

Asian StewStew:
I used one bag of organic frozen vegetables (enough for four portions) suitable for asian flavours. If you feel like it, you can prepare all the vegetables  fresh of course. Or change it around to your liking.
Put the vegetables in a pan, fry until they look nice (no longer frozen or starting to soften), pour in about 2/3 to 3/4 of the coconut milk, enough to make a sauce but not a soup.
Crumble in the bullion cube,
pour in the soy sauce (start with a little and taste your way up)
and plop in your peanut butter.
Stir and let everything come to a boil and merge, check that the vegetables are done, and hope that you have timed it all with the rice.

Serve:
Start with the rice and artistically drape the stew in the middle, being careful to show some yellow rice at the edges. garnish if you want. Eat!

Please let me know if you try this!


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