That little watercolor paper book above is my favorite.I love St-Armand's papers..
Sometimes..you get an idea in your head..and you could literally get up in the middle of the night (the best ideas are fraught there..)and just do it.
One of my ideas..was ..we need more strawberry jam..David Lebovitz's..it was unheard of years ago to make strawberry jam in January..until Costco..
Please understand..I won't find a real local strawberry here for..about 5.5 months..and we had the last of the jam.I live in Québec..the land of plenty..plenty of snow and cold in January:)
And someone I know likes marmalade..and Costco had Cara Caras..lovely..seedless..rich color..I had to.
I made Ricardo's again..In both cases..the jam and the marmalade I have to cook mine a lot longer..we like runny jam..and it is..
the marm is less so.
I know..I should be buying bio..
So I made both one grey wintry day and loved it..you start at about 9 AM and finish around 3 PM:) Then all the jars are upside down..till the next day..
I assure you they all POP..and are terribly difficult to open..and we have never been ill.
I love the jam recipe..I am ok with the marmalade one..however..it is not the marmalade of my dreams..that they have at a breakfast place near here ..which is very similar to one I had in Woodstock,Vermont.
Oh in the 80's...
That sweet paint set,,I was fortunate to be able to buy it..you know I love vintage..this is in a metal case..when I picked it up..I asked the young woman..where did you get this? She said..it was my grandmother's.. she was a watercolorist.
I will look after it..where you see the circle w/ pink..it is a water vessel..I had used pinks and red's for the berry.
I am smitten.
There are 27 pans..and all are still usable..there is a water vessel and a mixing palette..metal and white.It came with that Whistler brush.
The set is Reeves~#62..1950's I think.So my age.
Max LOVES Odell Beckham Junior..there was a photo of him on IG wearing headphones..Max is already thinking his birthday in June..he is a planner,,anyway his mom asked if I could try and paint his photo and I laughed..and then I sat down and tried..
Now I know it is amateur..and I never thought of this..his head was cropped on the photo..I just did a dark background..
I would have preferred this..
Any ideas ?How to fix?
His mom says Max will love it as is..but I don't...love it..his lips culd use improving and that's not the least of the poor guy's watercolor.
I could stick to jam making;)