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 Summer Glory

Summer Glory at Fair Oaks

30x36 inches

acrylic on board

silver frame


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This is one of my favorite paintings done at Fair Oaks in Evinston. I really enjoyed the process. I love the lushness of summer in Florida. It is a studio painting, as actually painting out in this heat is not something I want to do anymore. I usually paint out on location from late September- April.

I love the fields and trees of north Florida more than any other subject I paint.

Tip of the Day  

To save water buy a rain barrel. You can save a lot of water this way and use the collected water on your flowers. There are all kinds of decorative barrels at garden stores these days. They have become popular and attractive in gardens.

Today's Recipe

 Chili Cheese Ball from

  • 4 large Anaheim chile peppers
  • 1 1/2 pounds shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate. Cook chiles on the preheated grill until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the peppers, or the skin will not come off easily. Turn the peppers often to cook evenly. Place the blackened peppers into a bowl, and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Once cool, remove the skins and seeds. Chop the peppers.
  2. Combine the chopped peppers with the pepper jack, cream cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form the the mixture into a ball and place on a plate covered with wax paper. Place the cheese ball in the freezer until very cold, about 15 minutes.
  3. Spread the chopped pecans on a large cutting board or baking sheet. Roll the frozen cheese ball in the pecans. Use your hand to pack any areas that are not covered by pecans, making sure the entire outside of the cheese ball is covered with a nice layer of pecans.



Studio News and Specials 
Hen Party


I'm having a "Hen Party" on Saturday August 6th from Noon to 4 PM in my Loft Studio.
I have invited three Craft artisans to join me for the day. We will have handmade jewelry, handmade soaps and wash cloths and handmade hand bags along with my paintings. Guitarist Bob Brounley will play from 1-3 PM. Come have a snack, a drink and browse our artisan market. Men are invited too ;>)


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