Thursday, August 10, 2017

8-9-17 Linguine with mushrooms & zucchini

What can I say - it's zucchini season

1.     Linguine
2.     Mixed mushrooms
3.     Zucchini – sliced crosswise
4.     Sundried tomatoes in olive oil- coarsely chopped
5.     Olive oil
6.     Shallots and garlic
7.     Fresh basil and oregano
8.     Sweet vermouth
9.     Panko

Cook the shallots and garlic in olive oil until soft, then add the mushrooms, tomatoes, herbs, and zucchini and cook over med-high heat until they begin to brown. Turn the heat to low, add a splash of wine and simmer while waiting for the pasta.  Add the pasta and some pasta water as needed, mix well, and serve with a sprinkling of panko.

A tasty, quick meal, and a good way to get rid of all the zucchini that seems to be everywhere this time of the year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I posted my first blog on August 8, 2007, and followed that with 1,744 more posts, counting today’s. I guess this confirms my wife’s opinion of me – a wordy little bastard.  But in my defense these posts include artwork, recipes, and assorted photos, as well as an endless parade of reflections, narratives, opinions, and other nonsense.

Since I have nothing else to say (for now), today I will post one painting or drawing from each of the 10 years.





Monday, August 7, 2017

8-7-17 Penne with chicken and tomatoes

Patience has been out of town for the past week so hot dogs have replaced pasta.  Well – not completely – but this is my first new pasta dish for the month of August.  And we can thank Rhonda in Maryland for sending some fantastic tomatoes home with Patience.  They were the inspiration for tonight’s dinner.

The plan was to create a light/loose tomato sauce with chicken thighs, using a combination of grape tomatoes and one large over ripe Heritage tomato.

 In the pan
In the dish


1.     Penne pasta
2.     Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
3.     Olive oil
4.     Onion and garlic
5.     Grape tomatoes cut in half
6.     One whole Heritage tomato cut in half and grated on the large opening on a cheese grater.  Skin discarded
7.     Sweet vermouth
8.     Fresh basil


Brown the chicken in olive oil. Deglaze pan with wine then cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the tomatoes and basil and simmer while the pasta cooks.  Add the pasta with some pasta water and serve.


Very simple and very good, and there is so much more you can do with this recipe: add mushrooms, greens, olives, etc. 

Thank you Rhonda for the delicious tomatoes.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

AWASH WITH CLAY studio newsletter #140


Here’s the thing with clay printing – at least for the way I work. You can never print just one piece. It is the nature of the process that demands you pull another print (like eating potato chips, you can’t stop with one.), and then another, and then – oh well, what the hell, and you pull 3 or 4 more.  And that is being conservative.  By the end of the session there can be a dozen or more prints lying about the studio. It is usually necessary to pull at least 2-3 or more prints to “get” the one I’m looking for. And being the pack rat that I am, nothing gets tossed out, so you can imagine the results.

I’ve been working – intermittently – with the clay for about 25 years. It lends itself to decorative and abstract work, but I also use it for more realistic images, either alone or combined with another medium, usually soft pastel. I had not done any significant work with the clay for over a year when the new Holiday Inn hotel in Paducah commissioned me this spring to create 3 prints for their lobby.  Since then I have been working almost exclusively with the clay, and had made arrangements for a show of the new work in September. Unfortunately that gallery has closed and I am left with an inventory of clay prints that threatens to completely overtake the studio and gallery. But is spite of that threat, I CAN’T STOP. There are so many new techniques and approaches I want to explore, and the work is simply too much fun. There is none of the anxiety and stress associated with the other mediums, especially watercolor.

I’m sure I will eventually get back to the watercolors and acrylics, and even the pastels.  But until then I will continue to play in the clay.  I may host a show of the new work in my own studio/gallery later this year.  You can be assured I will let you know.

Here are several of my favorites from the past several weeks.


VALOR  11X25