Friday, July 16, 2010

Fennel & Orange Salad

This week's CSA came full of tasty new veggies including: squash, zucchini, broccoli and the biggest kohlrabi I've ever seen! I decided to try illustrating a recipe this week for a change of pace. Although, this recipe doesn't require many ingredients, directions or accuracy its an effortless summer dish and pretty to boot!

This recipe is adapted from Red, White and Greens, The Italian Way with Vegetables by Faith Willinger, one of my favorite cookbooks!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Loose Lips Sink Ships

I realized I never put up the whole image of my Kappa or my other Japanese Sea Monster pieces! Here's my Kappa complete with children swimming nearby unaware to the danger that lurks below.

Here's another one of my favorite sea monsters: the Umibozu. Not to be confused with an umiboshi (a delicious Japanese pickled plum)

Very little is known of this illusive, enormous sea monster. They are said to dwell in the oceans off the coast of Japan and will capsize the boats of those who dare to speak to it. It's name, meaning sea monk, is probably due to its bald, shiny head. Some people believe they are the angry spirits of dead monks, and sometimes they will appear to shipwreck victims or fisherman. One account claims they will ask for a barrel and then use it to sink the ship. The only way to insure survival is to give them a bottomless barrel. Another account claims they posses powerful tentacles and can shoot fireballs out of their eyes! Few people have seen the Umibozu and lived to tell the tale... so if you do see one look the other way and pretend you don't notice it!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Raspberries Taste Like ...

Hello! It's been quite a heat wave up here in Providence... I've been holed up in the studio with the door closed and the AC blasting, with that being said I still got finished my drawing for this week! A lot of the veggies were repeats so I focused on what I was most excited about... RASPBERRIES!!!!

I also took this as an opportunity to make a still life with my my collection of ceramics I brought back from Japan. I'm a sucker for bowls, especially tiny ones. I banged out this drawing pretty fast and I might do another one to celebrate other veggies we got in the share. We will see!