Last week I made grape jam ( soooo good, thanks Julie for the know how).
So while straining the boiled grapes (oh heavenly smell) to get the seeds out, I witnessed the most beautiful color of purple stain everything it touched....my hands, the spoon , the counter..etc. Instinctively I ran to get paper, this will make great art! I grabbed a variety, the last of my Chinese book (boo woo), index pages from the Map book and watercolor paper. With the help of new inks (thanks Kami & Ramtin for the gift card:-), I created some fun stuff. Have a look.
The grapes have turned purple and we have a bumper crop this year. I'm sure the early warm summer had something to do with that. When I was visiting my dear friend Julie a few weeks ago she shared with me her recipe for grape jam . It sounded easy and she said her's tasted real good , so I decided to give it a go.
Oh what a beautiful color!The grapes about to be boiled with a little water.
Who would have guessed that making grape jam was so rewarding to the senses. While picking them a few landed in my mouth, it is great fun to pop the warm thick purple skin and have this outrageous burst of flavor melt in your mouth . The color is so exciting (more on that in a future post) and the smell of cooking grapes is HEAVENLY good. And of course when it is all done you have this sweet jam to eat!
This is one of my favorite pieces of furniture to draw/paint in my house and the rose bowl another favorite. I couldn't resist giving it some cool wall paper background. It was an after thought so I traced an outline of the table and flower then cut out the silhouette in the index page of my map book and glue it around the table. The bottom margin of the page work will as the skirting for the wall. Aren't the roses beautiful, they come from and obliging bush in the back yard.
I had the pleasure of visiting with a dear friend and artist this weekend, Julie Johnston. Not only did I get to stay in her beautiful 1920's home, surrounded by her colorful art ,but I was also able to go the Annual SE Regional Minnesota Exhibit where she was showing 2 of her pieces. Julie is not afraid of color, and uses it skillfully to create rich, beautiful oils and pastels. Here are some of her works I saw this weekend, for more check out her blog here.