Still Life Paintings That Inspire Me

Still Life Paintings That Inspire Me

There is something about still life painting that inspires me. I have been drawn to this genre of painting for as long as I can remember and I am not quite sure why. I guess it is because it combines my love for interiors, fabrics and also for beautiful fruits and vegetables. Anyway, the combination is irresistible for me and I cannot get enough of it. Here are some paintings that I look to for inspiration. Paul Cezanne More Cezanne Henri Matisse Vincent Van Gogh Renoir Claude Monet Claude Monet Chardin    
Spaghetti Squash With Roasted Vegetables

Spaghetti Squash With Roasted Vegetables

It is very easy and also delicious to occasionally replace regular pasta with spaghetti squash. You will cut back on extra carbs and easily add more vegetables to your diet by doing this. Plus it is really good! Plan ahead by baking a spaghetti squash in a 400 degree oven for about 30 - 45 minutes ¬†(depending on the size). I put it in a baking dish and pierced it with a knife first. You will know it is done when a knife will go into the squash easily. Cut it in half…
Vegetable Nicoise Salad

Vegetable Nicoise Salad

I love the combination of vegetables in a nicoise salad. This one is all vegetables and you really don't need to add anything else. However if you like, fresh seared or canned tuna can easily be added as an addition. ¬†Vegetable Nicoise Salad RECIPE serves 4 enough mesclun greens for 4 people 6- 8 small red potatoes (boiled until a knife pierces through) cut into wedges 12 cherry tomatoes (cut in half) 4-6 red radishes thinly sliced and halved 1/2 cup of black greek olives 2 cups of french green beans (blanched) 4…
Tropical Mango and Avocado Salad

Tropical Mango and Avocado Salad

Tropical Mango & Avocado Salad I was inspired by my trip to Florida to create a refreshing, healthy salad with a tropical flair. I decided to add some mango, oranges and avocados to bring a little sunshine back to the city. Mango Avocado Salad enough romaine for 3-4 people 1 avocado sliced 1 mango sliced into thin strips 1 orange sliced into thin wedges 1/2 thinly sliced red onion 1 red pepper sliced and cubed 1/3 cup of toasted pistachios Lime Honey Vinaigrette juice of 1 lime Juice of 1/2 orange 1 TB.…
Experimenting With Collage

Experimenting With Collage

I enjoy the process of experimenting with collage. For a realistic painter like me it is pure freedom to paint loosely, use torn paper and found materials, and to move it all around - not knowing what the final outcome will be. I shift around the shapes and colors and other elements around until I come up with a final composition that I like - then I glue everything down. For these collages I collected handmade papers, painted over some of them, then tore them into shapes. I also picked up scraps of…