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Tearing Ass

I was having an imaginary conversation with anyone who would listen the other day where I was describing the 20 head herd of deer “tearing ass” across our back woods. Then I said to said person “after all, the Latin word for earth is terra, -ae, therefore, terrassing is a very classy way of covering much ground.



Turnips have a distinct but delicate  taste and a starchy texture. Cauliflower can be watery, stringy and sometimes needs to be dressed up with things like garlic and Parmesan cheese.  These underground ombré aubergines are usually available even in regular grocery stores at a similar price to cauliflower. They are easy to peel and prepare. The tops are a winter green. There are 34 calories per cup of these purple pearls versus 27 in the frosty flowers. So, I conclude that turnips are a better potato substitute than cauliflower for those careful to avoid carbohydrates.

Here are my favorite turnip uses so far:

1) A puréed soup made with just butter to sauté the equal parts leeks and turnips  before adding the water. Then after simmering  till the vegetables are soft, add salt and pepper to taste. Blend. This is super delicious without even needing broth, cream or spices of any kind.

2) I had been adding cubes of turnip to cottage pie, but duh! I should mash it in place of potatoes on top. Anyways, the tastes REALLY go so well!

I will add more ideas later as I think of them and experiment more.

But when the year gets old,

it rusts to gold.

Which slowly fades to gray,

and suddenly white haired, passes away.

Name begins with N

Over several months there has been a mess of expensive, conical coffee filters and cheap watercolors strewn about our romp/work room. Last night I forced myself into artistic overdrive and…IMG_2925.JPG

Birthday for Bonzos

I have been full of ideas and inspiration and projects lately. But my duty calls. My bonzo has a birthday approaching. She loves to play with other kids and seldom gets to. It seems like people don’t invite people to their houses like when I was young. Here I was thinking I was all elusive when really I am part of a very troubling trend. But I am going to try my darndest to be friendly for her and have a little party with other kids her age for once. Planning a party seems excruciatingly difficult for me. All my attention will be aimed at that. Not that it’s uncommon for me to randomly not post for a while. Probably a third of the posts here are proclaiming that I am about to stop posting.

Anyways, say a prayer that the party goes well.

Deer Deviation from Drawing

i try to stick to drawings but this was too tempting. Plus, stats are way down.


The Plan

The plan is to do a certain number of one DaVinci exercise and then proceed to the next. I arranged the six of the nine activities into concrete and abstract starting with the easiest of the straightforward and ending with the most difficult of the more imagination based drawing skills.

1) Make copies of a master artist’s painting and drawing. Ideally starting from 2d work, then relief and finally renderings of statues.

2)Draw Drapery.

3)Draw the same thing from multiple angles.

4)Draw objects which are in motion without taking a photograph, although a video would work as long as you don’t push pause. I’m very scared of this one.

5)Build a catologue of various objects that you have memorized how to draw that you can pull from your brain at any time. Test your recall by first drawing something with reference and then taking away the reference to see how closely your drawings match.

6)Draw in your minds eye, which we do with clouds already, but, actually draw it.

7)Play perspective games in order to become better at judging distances and sizes. Guesstimate the number of small objects in a photo and then count each one. Guess the dimentions of an object from far away and then test it with an actual ruler. This exercise is not the hardest but one I will mix in whenever I do not have time for actual drawing.

8 and 9)Draw in the company of others. Consider constructive criticism from anyone. I’m already doing this by posting the pictures online although I will start asking for opinions from anyone I show my art to. It might be nice to find a sketching buddy but probably won’t actually happen.  And finally, draw both the divine and the grotesque. There aught to by a wide range of subject matter mixed throughout the various drawings. Just something to keep in mind.

Anno DaVinci

In the year of DaVicnci 2016, I will be following the advice of Leonardo to his art students hundreds of years ago. I’m using the following article as a guide.

9 Sketching Exercises Leonardo Da Vinci Practiced To Achieve Artistic Mastery