Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Aloha Baltimore!

I've been busy in the studio during the last week making NEW illegible ink prints!

I created this original print for Corey - he had asked for a colorful beach scene with plenty of palm leaves, surf and sand. I hope the print adds a warm feeling to his place!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Plaza Artist Materials & Pyramid Atlantic Artist-In-Residence Program

Plaza Artist Materials and Pyramid Atlantic are proud to offer a one-month residency in May 2009 for an artist from the Greater Metropolitan DC Area with an interest in printmaking, papermaking and book arts. The Plaza/Pyramid Atlantic Artist Residency is a unique opportunity for an artist to develop a multi-disciplinary arts approach by engaging in the mediums of papermaking, printmaking and bookmaking in the dynamic studios at Pyramid Atlantic.

Click here for more information. Applications must be received by April 6, 2009. Good luck!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring is in the Air!

Baltimore schools had a snow day earlier this week but March's "in like a lion, out like a lamb" mentality could never be more true with the weather forecasters telling us to brace ourselves for 70 degrees this weekend.

Springtime may be in the air, but it's also in the mail - at least in my case. I created these seafoam green and pink wedding invitations for my sister-in-law. Each invitation includes a hand-printed seashell linocut.

Don't you just want to rush out and buy your tickets to Florida? (I've already picked out my bathing suit and flip flops.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Deadlines Approaching!

Hello Baltimore and Beyond! Get your crafts crafted and your websites updated - the spring craft shows are racing in like a lion!

Apply now for the 2009 Spring Bada-bing. The deadline is this Friday - March 6th!

The Art Star Craft Bazaar is an annual juried arts & crafts retail show in Philadelphia, PA. Artists & crafters who create handmade, original work (in all mediums) are welcome! The deadline is April 1st.

The Renegade Craft Fair is a unique, DIY event showcasing over 300 artists and crafters throughout the year in four US cities (Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles & San Francisco). The deadline for Brooklyn's Renegade Craft Fair is March 27th.

Artscape 2009
The largest FREE public arts festival in America, features 150+ artists, craftspeople and fashion designers and visual art exhibits! The DIY @ Artscape section continues to support the emerging DIY trend by creating an entire section of the site dedicated to hip and talented new wave crafters. This is a separate area with a separate application. The deadline for the DIY @ Artscape section is March 31st. Apply here!

Good luck!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Croissant Bread Pudding

My brother manages an Irish restaurant here in Baltimore and I usually have a hard time deciding whether I want the creme brulee or the bread pudding. Since I already had a creme brulee this week, I decided it was time to make my own bread pudding this weekend. Here is my adaptation of Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) classic:

Croissant Bread Pudding

3 whole eggs
8 egg yolks (save the egg whites for low-cholesterol omelets!)
5 C half and half
1 1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 croissants, preferably stale
1 C dried cherries*
1/4 C chocolate chips (optional)

*Ina Garten suggested raisins but you could use any dried fruit. I am thinking my next test will be with dried blueberries.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk eggs, egg yolks, half and half, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl. Set the custard mixture aside. Slice the croissants in half horizontally. I chose to also slice them in half again. In a 10 x 15 x 2 1/2 inch baking dish, layer the bottom halves of the croissants. Sprinkle layer of dried cherries and chocolate chips. Then add the tops of the croissants. (It reminded me of making a lasagna. I did a second layer of croissants and cherries.) Pour the custard mixture over the croissants and allow them to soak for 10 minutes, pressing down gently throughout the time.

Place the baking dish in a larger pan filled with an inch of hot water. Cover the larger pan with aluminum foil and cut a couple vent holes into the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 40-45 minutes or until the pudding puffs up and the custard is set. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

The Barefoot Contessa suggested serving it with a rum-flavored whipped cream. We substituted the rum with an Irish Cream liqueur but it is not necessary. Enjoy!

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