Mar 8, 2021

Recipe: Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms are amazing - they are not plants and they are not animals - they belong to their own kingdom of Fungi and the part that we eat is what a huge and very happy organism produces - a fruit. I love drawing mushrooms, looking at them, learning about them, gathering them - and eating them too. This is a soup that I make out of dried mushrooms or fresh ones. 



Mar 4, 2021

Anniversary, sketching and friends.

I've been thinking about upcoming anniversary of the beginning of all the things that defined last year of our lives: pandemic, lockdowns, new social norms. And one of the last "normal" things I did before this happened was go on our annual "blooming mustard and trees" outing with Suhita. So almost exactly a year to the date after we went to the same spot and sketched the field and garden again, talking and sketching side-by-side, we met again. Masked and all - but it felt almost normal. So nice!

Here is a link to a blog post I did about the same outing in 2019:
https://blog.apple-pine.com/2019/02/saratoga-public-library-crossed-off-my.html

Check out Suhita's Instagram for her amazing long panorama of this view.

And here are my sketches from 2021:






Mar 1, 2021

My sketchbook video set-up: what currently works for me.

I enjoy watching other people flipping through their sketchbooks and paint, be that a slow step-by-step or a timelapse of a longer session. And I wanted to share more of my process too. But I did not enjoy making these videos because it would take a long time to set-up before and a long time to put away after the video session. 

I tried different solutions and here is what works for me pretty well now: I can keep this on the table and it takes only popping my phone in the holder and adjusting of lighting situation to start making a video!




Feb 28, 2021

What is on my table? February 2021.

Things that were happening in February, things that will happen in March - sketches, notes, doodle pages used as protectors in my sketchbook (gouache smudges if you carry your sketchbook everywhere and surprisingly enough even these days I carry it a lot!). Masking tape to mark area on my table for the video I was recording. 



Feb 24, 2021

Sketchbook Page: New Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago I wanted to re-pot some of my new tiny plants and while I was looking for soil I found a bulb! It had a very pale hint at wanting to grow into a real plant so I put it in some water and added to the story of my day - along with quick portraits of the repotted tradescantia and my notes of the blues that I carry in my gouache palette.