Friday, May 29, 2015

Red Lilacs at the Cummings Center Pond



This image began with a photo that I took back on May 14, during a walk at the Cummings Center Pond.  I liked the way these dark lilacs looked against the water, so I took a picture.  Tonight I edited the image in iPhoto and cropped the original image to get this composition.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rhododendrons Indoors



Yesterday I had to trim a rhododenron bush because it was blocking the way. I hated to do it because it was in bloom and the blossoms were so beautiful. So I gathered up all the blossoms and brought them indoors so I could enjoy them. Plus, this would be a chance to see the blossoms close up. I put them in a vase, and they made a great big sprawling bouquet. Today I took some pictures, and cropped this image out of one of the best photos.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grandma Aptaker's Chocolate Chip Slices (Illustration)


I have been working on this illustration for the past few days, mostly putting in the background color, but today I finally finished it. This illustration is for a recipe that is soon to be published on our food blog.* This is Grandma Aptaker's recipe for chocolate chip slices. Grandma Aptaker was my husband's grandmother. She was originally from Russia, but lived in New York City, and then Pueblo, Colorado, which is where I met her. I used to watch her cook. She didn't use recipes, but I watched her cook, asked questions, and wrote her recipes down so I could make them myself. These cookies are shaped like a European cookie (mandelbrot or biscotti), but with very American chocolate chips. I plan to post this illustration as well as the recipe over the next few days.
*(You can see our blog at seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Grandma A's Chocolate Chip Slices (Illustration as of May 25, 2015)


Here is the illustration I have been working on as it looked on May 25th. I started adding color, beginning with the lettering (which I had already decided would be brown and pink) and the food, because the color is already determined. This illustration is for a recipe that is soon to be published on our food blog.* This is Grandma Aptaker's recipe for chocolate chip slices,shaped like mandelbrot or biscotti. (Grandma Aptaker, my husband's grandmother, came from Russia and I always loved the surprise of those American chocolate chips in her Eastern European cooking repertoire.) I used to watch Grandma cook and wrote down the recipes. 
*(You can see our blog at seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Many Memorial Candles



I was thinking about an image for memorial day, and I remembered this drawing of a memorial candle that I made on my iPad with the Brushes app.* I originally created this for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, because a memorial service is held that day. Today I used my digital drawing to create a pattern in Painter. So here is an image of many memorial candles, to remember the soldiers who went to war and didn't come home.


*In fact, there is also a video because the Brushes app creates a stroke-by-stroke drawing as you draw. If you want to see the video, go to http://randiart.blogspot.com/2013/09/candle.html

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grandma A's Chocolate Chip Slices (Illustration as of May 24, 2015)



I am getting started on an illustration for a recipe, to be published on our food blog.* Grandma Aptaker was my husband's grandmother and I used to watch her cook and write down the recipes. This is a recipe for chocolate chip slices, which look like mandelbrot or biscotti. Yesterday I did a quick sketch on a small piece of paper. This morning I got up early and started drawing for the real thing. This is the layout I want. After a bit of cleanup, I should be able to start adding color. *(You can see our blog at seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Grandma A's Chocolate Chip Slices: Quick Sketch



It's time to post another family recipe in our food blog, Seasoning for Every  Palate (seasoningforeverypalate.wordpress.com.) This  is going to be another one of Grandma Aptaker's recipes.  (She was my husband's grandmother and before I got married, I used to watch her cook and write down her recipes.) So the recipe is going to be for her chocolate chip slices, like mandelbrot or biscotti.  I had some ideas for the illustration, and last night I did this quick sketch on a small piece of paper.