Painting Favourites …

As preparation for my stall at Fishfest’s Arts Market in a couple of weeks time, I’ve started to paint some of my favourite paintings as cards. I hope to sell them for £5 each (roughly $8). I know this is pricey for a card but for an original painting it’s a bargain!



A Tasty Tea-Time Tarte Tatin Treat …

We managed to get into the garden today, yesterday was impossible because of the rain but today, for 1 day only the sun shone. This meant that we were able to harvest our apples. Our tree is still tiny and it’s one of those that is grown for small gardens because the original apple tree has 2 other varieties grafted onto it. This meant that we had 3 different apple-y tastes to go in our Tarte Tatin. In total we had 1 kilo of apples, just from our little tree – amazing!

The Tarte Tatin that these made was delicious, even my apple hating youngest liked it. It might have had something to do with the sugar that I added that made this very sweet. I did cheat a bit and used shop bought puff pastry for the lid/base:

I served the Tarte with some vanilla yogurt. This was the perfect foil for the sweetness of the Tarte.

There was a little puff pastry left over so I quickly made some Cinnamon Whirls:

These were yummy too!!



Fishfest Preparations …

It’s just over 2 weeks until the 3rd, now annual Fishfest. Fishfest is a community event based in the Fishponds area of Bristol. Each year it becomes bigger and better, this year will be no exception. There will be bands, a farmers’ market, a circus skills workshop and last but not least and arts and crafts market. Today, I began in earnest, to prepare for my stall. I’ve put lots of my paintings into easy to look through folders and have a small display stand with some of my favourites. I’ve also added a little painted glass (see the photos below). Click here if you would like to know more about Fishfest.

Here are a couple of the glass painted butterflies that I did earlier today:



Lady Liberty …

I’ve been itching to paint Lady Liberty herself since arriving home from our holiday, this morning I decided that today was going to be the day. We took the ferry out to see her and on our return to the mainland saw a storm brewing in the distance behind her. It was incredible to see up close and personal, an iconic landmark of the USA:

I’m glad that I kept this very simple – I think I may have another go later, maybe making the statue even smaller.

Here’s the original photo:

Trio of Puds …

I do love a pudding, I have to admit that even better than 1 pudding is 3! I attempted to make these quite small so that we would fully appreciate each one:

On the left is Strawberry Shortbread with Crème Pâtissière, in the middle is Eton Mess (meringue, double cream and raspberries) and on the right is a raspberry trifle which was made with vanilla cupcake soaked in raspberry liqueur, raspberries, Crème Pâtissière, double cream and 3 raspberries on top. As desserts go, I quite enjoyed this one/three!