A Wonderful Collector
An example of a gallery wall in my own space.

An example of a gallery wall in my own space.

New long and skinny abstract art.

New long and skinny abstract art.

After installation of several paintings into collector's home recently.

After installation of several paintings into collector's home recently.

A summer of creative goodness is the only way I can begin to describe this summer. It started in May when I decided to begin (with the help of a mentor) to develop my dream business over the summer for a Fall 2018 launch. Since my late 20's I have dreamed of being an interior designer. But I was deeply steeped in the field of high tech product design in the Silicon Valley. Not to mention I was a closet fiction writer. It took years of education, book publishing, and lots of product design to get to the point where I realized the ultimate dream wasn't going away. Since I was 8 years I loved designing spaces. But more so, I loved what a little color, pattern, shape and composition added the emotional tone of a room. How spaces and walls have the power to shift our self perception and create more connection with ourselves and others. 

As I have been working with clients and the new website for interior this summer. Last weekend I helped install 7 paintings into a collector's home in combination with interior design consultation. This began with a private studio party where I pulled out several paintings for the collector to choose from. I am integrating wall art design into the interior design launch. I will also be continuing to fund this new venture with continued product experience design and branding. So it's gonna be a nutty year. I shouldn't be this happy about it. I should be falling over exhausted just thinking about it. 

Some new things... I have simplified purchasing my art. Learn more here.

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Art, Science and the Holiday Spirit

A couple hundred years ago the art of painting went from trade to profession. Color was a scientist’s tool for uncovering important information about our molecular structures, and artists were given the power to infect culture from the prestige of the wealthy and the critical thinking of academics. The announcement of the scientific discovery of kangaroo bacteria that has the power to curb the methane expulsions out of a cow’s rear end and Monet’s announcement that he is certain that the color of the atmosphere is violet.

Science and art. Art and Science.

We are not our history, just like we are now our now. We are also not the product of the times we are in. Our now is technological immersion, and a physical craving for clean foods, nature, human connection and real change. Technology has a ‘suspending’ effect. Online shopping, waiting for packages, posting something daily to exist, waiting for responses. I find myself reading real books more, observing more and being kinder to people because they seem to need it more than ever.

The holiday spirit culminates into one thing for me. Food, Community, Art Making and sharing. And of course lots of interaction with a certain rabbit. While the world’s heartbeat (a large portion anyway) is beating to the violet hum of screens that I’m sure Monet had not factored into his hypothesis, I’m learning recipes, pulling out the markers, illustrating and wondering what the holidays are nowadays? A habit? One of the few opportunities for community in a violet atmosphere of Twitter and truncated facts?

If art in all of it’s mysterious invention can move from trade to profession a couple hundred years ago I’m ever hopeful that foodie culture can turn a high-tech-spiritually-starved culture into a communal-high-touch-deep-laughter-human culture.

And that… my friends is my wish for you this season! Human, warm and with amazing food and color.

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Natural Food Dyes, Colorful Cakes
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When passions all come together in one place it’s kind of pure bliss. That’s what is true for me with creating colorful, healthy cakes and making a cookbook where all the goodness can come together. Having said that… in my first cookbook, Cakes of Color I was a bit more focused on the perfect Gluten Free flour than the most concentrated color dyes I could get from nature.

I love the sensual journey of where color psychology, taste and smell come together in sharing a beautiful cake. If you love color in your baking adventures, read on…

So let’s look at some amazing sources for natural color dyes:

Color Kitchen Foods is a wonderful online source: I like the box of 5. I recommend you double the quantity for a full cake.

For a good red cake (jewel spice in Cakes of Color) beet dye source:

Wholefully is a nice one.

For a full grocery store list where natural food dyes are listed:
ColorKitchens Store Resource

There are so many things you can dye when making a colorful cake. White chocolate with a lavender dye shredded on the frosting, beet juice concentrate in chocolate is a nice trick to add flavor interest and deepen the chocolate color to a deep reddish brown. Natural dyes are a huge delight in the kitchen.

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Woven Wines, Belle Saveur Chef Jessica Feature Cakes of Color Cookbook

Join us November 1 for some art, cakes, wine at Woven Wineworks in the Pearl district, Portland.
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