Thursday, March 5, 2015

The daily dose of art DRAWING ITALY #3

I'm having a hard time leaving this portfolio of drawings.  Maybe tomorrow.

Bologna

Lunch in Parma

Street market in Bologna

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3-3-15 Gnocchi w mushrooms and Broccoli Rabe




INGREDIENTS:

Gnocchi
Broccoli Rabe – thick stalks removed, coarsely chopped
Mushrooms -  mixed and sliced
Olive oil
Shallots
Basil
Garlic
Pinot Grigio - 1/4 cup for the mushrooms and a glass for the cook
Parmigiana cheese

PROCESS:

While waiting for the water to boil cook the mushrooms uncovered over medium high heat, stirring often until they start to brown.  Add the basil, shallots, and garlic and lower heat.  Wait about 5 minutes and add about ¼ cup of wine and simmer.

Add the Broccoli Rabe to the boiling water, wait about 10 minutes and add the Gnocchi.  Cook for 2-3 minutes then move the Broccoli Rabe and the gnocchi to the pan with the mushrooms and mix well.  Add some pasta water if needed.

Serve with the grated parmigiana cheese and chilled Pinot Grigio

COMMENTS:

This is a great way to enjoy Broccoli Rabe.
Did I mention the Pinot Grigio?



The daily dose of art DRAWING ITALY #2

Motor bikes all everywhere in Bologna; they dart in and out of traffic like insects, driven by men and women of all ages.


Every building in the city has a terra-cotta roof.

From the terrace of my apartment (5th floor)

From the tower

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The daily dose of art DRAWING ITALY

It's time to leave the OCD-like architectural paintings to some loosey goosey on the spot line drawings from Italy.  As you will see, most of them were done while I was enjoying espresso, food, and/or a glass of wine.  I do my best work under those circumstances.

Cappuccino in Florence

Dinner

Espresso on Via Ugo Bassi

Monday, March 2, 2015

The daily dose of architecture MORE VICTORIANA

So many too choose from and so little time, but two days of Victoriana is enough.

Cape May NJ

San Francisco


San Francisco

Cape May

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The daily dose of art VICTORIAN HOMES

I love Victorian architecture, especially the wide variety of intricate Victorian style homes.  In this regard I was fortunate to be living within 2 hours of Cape May NJ, a seashore resort town at the southern tip of the state, and home to one of this country's greatest collection of Victorian architecture.  In the late 1980s, collaborating with my dear friend at the Washington Street Gallery, I created a number of prints of Cape May's Victorian heritage.




Saturday, February 28, 2015

The daily dose of architecture ITALIA

From my stay in Bologna, two of the several buildings that surround the Piazza Maggiore:  watercolors, each 20x30".



These paintings are available in my gallery and on my website.  Prints are also available at this link.