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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thank You, Thank You


Well shut my mouth. Thank each of you who commented; wow, I feel connected again. That feels wonderful. 


These are images from a sample I made for my class this Thursday. We are learning to mix paint and to paint directly from the hot palette. No bars of color (at first), no containers of swoony colors already mixed up.


My feeling is that color mixing and color theory are the basis for all painted work and we will be learning how to use color, to mix color and in the process we will paint in wax. I'll show you class work with the permission of the creators. 


We'll be doing simple paintings like this; basically color book paintings with glazes. Yummy wax. 


These puppies are all packed up and ready to go.


Here's what John's corn experiment looks like today. It was waist high by the 4th of July and it's gaining speed. The potatoes behind it are as tall as I am. (okay, I'm practically a pygmy, but still ...)


We met a woman this morning at the farmer's market who had never heard of fava beans. My jaw dropped. I love favas more than ice cream. More than chocolate. Less than salt caramel.


Here are the steps for every single bean. Two peelings. So if I'm willing to do that you know I love them.

MY JOHN'S RECIPE FOR FAVAS

Peel a bunch of fava beans twice like in the picture
Have some chopped onion ready in a bowl.
Blanch the favas about 1 1/2 minutes
Pour the drained favas over the onions
Drizzle on olive oil
Mix it all up and eat it.

There's hardly ever left overs but if that should ever happen they are awesome the next day cold.

July. Officially my second favorite month. I'll bring news back from the Wax Campers. Be crafty!

PS (added the next morning after receiving several wax class inquiries) - Don't forget that I'm teaching an online encaustic class in October. Information here

34 comments:

Stephani Gorman said...

Yummy Judy! I can't wait for new on-line class. I will be signing up soon.:)

Carol Soules said...

So very happy (and just a tad jealous) that Jess will be there at Encaustic Camp. Hope you all have a wonderful time (as I am SURE you will)!!
Carol

Teddi said...

loving that art!

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Wax Beach Artist said...

What a wonderful painting! I am happy to see your painted flowers :) your painting rivals Van Gogh's Sunflowers! You said it was just a sample but I think it's great. I love looking at wax, I crave it!

wanda miller said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, running with color and smashing look to them! and you are makin' me hungry for green food! xo

Ro Bruhn said...

I've finally realised what fava beans are, we call them broad beans here in Oz and in the UK. Your names much nicer. Love the vase of flowers, very Van Gogh.

kluless said...

I think this is my favorite wax so far - beautiful!!

lilasvb said...

love the greens

the GyPsY said...

Love the artpieces!!

Jacky said...

Oh that waxers class looks exciting and I LOVE the class sample (a bit biased toward the still life)...
I wish I lived closer...any chance you will make a trip to Australia one day?... or those online classes,

Broad beans (fava beans) I love them too.

Jacky xox

Sharon said...

Oh Judy Judy! Those are more than "color book paintings" and I don't think I have ever had Fava beans and you make me wish for them. Wonder if they will grow in Texas.

Lindart said...

I love fava beans, and really miss my giant garden sometimes (like when I'm reading your posts!) I have only ever peeled the beans after they are cooked. They are great cold (cooked) and you just pop them out of their skin and into your mouth! I'm not sure, never having peeled them raw, but it might be quicker to peel them after they have been cooked. The only garden I have now are 3 tomato plants in pots in the only sunny spot in my yard, right beside my driveway, tied onto my split rail fence. How sad!

Lynn said...

That so called color book painting of flowers and vase is an awesome piece of art! Wax? Wow! Let's hear it for wax!

Jill said...

wax or beans, wax or beans, wax or beans?
Luckily you can have both!

Deb's Artful Journey said...

OMG!!! Your painting is so incredibly yummy!!! Cant wait for the on-line class!!!

Have a great time at Encaustacamp!

mary said...

I cannot wait for the online class!!!

La Dolce Vita said...

sheesh, I like everything less than salt caramel....

lynda Howells said...

so glad you feel connected again judy..would hate to not have your blog to look forward to each!x looking forward to the wax class, which l have already signed up for. i have also bought the plaster book and slowly working my way through it...having so much funxxlynda

A New Creation said...

I love the art you posted from your class! Thanks for sharing!

jill nalette said...

i love these works of art! they are beautiful! keep going strong john with the garden.
love, hugs and smiles~ jill

Lorelei said...

THANK YOU for all of the blog entries, photos, recipes, and more. I've learned so much from your journaling....dating my entries, getting something on the blank page, trying something new. I check you blog daily.

Aqua Junko Artworks said...

Wow those are some really big & good looking beans beans ya got there. And the wax was yummy and thick and almost caramel looking.
Lori B.

Clare Wassermann said...

And don't you just love the furry inside of the bean pods? We call them broad beans here....my daughter used to sing a harvest song and the was a line...."broad beans sleeping in their blankety bed" .... I was singing that yesterday as I was peeling my garden raised pods. Yum!

Connie Lou said...

I am so fascinated with wax and how individual each creation is! Thanks for the encouragement!dede

rivergardenstudio said...

I am so excited for the class with you on thursday. Beautiful photos too! Especially all the waxes piled high and ready to go!!!! roxanne

lynda Howells said...

There is one thing l forgot to say when l commented before. I do agree with you that people are not reading blogs as much these days...shame but perhaps people have become too busy!

Debbie Scribner said...

I read your blog..a LOT ! I love your art work and the pictures of all the delicious foods...it's all groovy !

Unknown said...

So much to enjoy here, by way of Rebecca

Rebecca said...

Hi Judy, I'm all signed up for your next online class (hooray). Re: your question about blogs. I still read them, but only pop in occasionally mostly because some (like yours with all the yummy pictures) take longer to load on my dialup (you've already heard my sad saga on that topic) --nevertheless, your blog is right on the top of my "Favorites" toolbar and I will continue to read every chance I get. Thanks for your nice comment about VT and happy camping (and thank you for sharing through your blog!)
oxoxox

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Christa said...

I have never had favas. They look good. Beautiful wax painting!!

May I ask how your husband keeps the garden weeds at bay? Any tricks?
I have trouble with weeds in mine. His garden makes me drool.

Christa

Judy Wise said...

Lots of mulch, Christa. He collects wood chips from the local tree chipper people (free) and spreads them on the ground so the weeds cannot take hold. We live in a wet climate so that works here. I remember in Arizona the weeds were more obnoxious.

Christa said...

Thanks for the mulch tip! I haven't put any down because of the expense. Nice that he can get some for free.

I saw some favas at Whole Foods last week so you have inspired me to go back to try them.

Karen Cole said...

Fava beans AND that delicious encaustic painting, i pray that I don't continue to drool throughout the day. I just want to somehow wrap mouth around those flowers....you know, like those red wax lips they used to sell in the candy stores.