Still Feeling Colorful

In a landscape-y way!

I'm taking a break from flowers but apparently I'm still in a colorful mood.  I'm going back to my love of impressionist painting and embracing the fact that I love color and yes, I love to dabble - not to be confused with diddle!  That's what you do when you're about to over-work something. You diddle. I am all too familiar with diddling!  Knowing when to stop dabbling, before it turns into dibbling...well that continues to be a work in progress.

Summer Song  24 X 48  Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas                                

Summer Song  24 X 48  Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas                                

As I re-read what I just wrote I can't help but wonder if perhaps I'm spending too much time with my 4 year old granddaughter!

 

 

 

Bridal Bouquet Inspiration

I've been on a flower painting kick lately. The studio is all a-bloom and I can't help but feel happy when I walk in and see all the bright, beautiful color! There's so much ugly in the world it just makes me happy to loose myself in some "pretty". 

Inspiration is everywhere it seems. I can hardly wait to finish one just so I can hurry up and start another.  Such was the case with a recent bridal bouquet commission. I finished Shannon's and just had to paint another one for myself!

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Shannon requested a 36 X 36 square so just for fun I decided to repaint the same flowers in a 30 X 40 horizontal. I usually don't like to paint the same subject twice but this was a great exercise in composition for me and I really did enjoy painting it just as much the second time around. 

Elegant Simplicity  30 X 40  Acrylic on Canvas

Elegant Simplicity  30 X 40  Acrylic on Canvas

Shannon liked hers, so it's not for sale, but this one is available to adorn your wall right here

There's really nothing more beautiful than fresh flowers. They bring color, joy and life to any special occasion. But once they're gone, they're gone. Why not add some color and style to your living space and commemorate the occasion with a beautiful painting of your bouquet or flower arrangement? I work from your photos and my goal is to please so there is no obligation to purchase the finished painting if for any reason you are not satisfied with my interpretation. It's a win-win!

Give me a shout if you'd like to learn more.

*Makes a great wedding or shower gift! Gift certificates available.

Chocolate Ganache'

By Gosh!

ganache. /ɡəˈnæʃ/ 

noun. 1. a smooth mixture of chocolate and cream, used in cakes, truffles, and chocolates

I'd heard it but I really didn't know the meaning of the intriguing French word Ganache' so I had to look it up. Then I made it.  Wow... the words rich and sinful should definitely be added to the definition! I made this cake last week for my husband's birthday. It was time consuming and more complicated than I usually go for, but well worth it according to my guests. After dipping his finger in, Pj proclaimed, "I probably should go to church after eating this!"

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*In typical Joyce fashion, I jumped right in- neglecting to read the entire recipe. I got to the point where it says to leave the ganache' on the counter for 8 hours and it was 5 hours until my guests were due to arrive. In the words of Scooby Do..."ruh-ro!" So I shoved it in the freezer for 30 minutes, then the fridge. It worked, but after icing the cake it did slide around a bit. (I have to believe those directions are there for a reason!) So every time I walked by I had to push it back in the other direction. - this in no way affected the delicsiousness!! 

Credit for this recipe goes to Southern Living Magazine, March 2017 Issue, pp 114/115

Bold Blossoms Collage Workshop

I'm back from vacation and itching to do something fun in the studio.

Why don't you join me?!

Saturday, August 19th & Sunday, August 20th

BRING A FRIEND! You each save $20.00

For more information - click the link below.

B O L D   B L O S S O M S   C O L L A G E   W O R K S H O P

I did this painting in 2011.  I came across it recently and thought hummm... why not open my studio and share this fun, creative process?

This work is pretty small - about 11 X 14- but I had it blown up. (thank you Jamey Lantz!)

It made a colorful splash as the entire back wall of my exhibit at the Surface and Textile Design show in NY.

Come join me... let's play together! I promise it will be fun!

Bold Blooms Story

Seems all the social media apps are encouraging "stories" these days. So here's one I posted on Steller. A fun little app, Steller allows you to create a story that lasts until you remove it yourself. I like this.  Now I'm trying to figure out the best way to use it!

Me Time

Feeling A Little Like A Sandwich

stuck between the salami and cheese.

Not that I mean to compare my grandchildren and my mom to a salami and cheese sandwich but if like me, you find yourself smack in the middle of grand kids and aging parents, you get my analogy. I work and I have a husband too so let's add a couple of slices of capicola to the sandwich while we’re at it. I’m still multi-tasking like I’m in my thirties, spreading my time like a thin layer of mayo. As a working artist, hungry for time to hone my craft and feed my own soul, I know I don’t face this challenge alone... the never ending search for “me time”. 

I’m sure it’s age that has me so worked up. This place in time - this sandwich stage. Watching my mom struggle with being 88 and realizing my own mortality. Wanting so much to give my two precious grandchildren all the Gigi time I can. Spending time with my husband and my home. Traveling. Painting. Time has gradually, yet suddenly, become so much more precious. Admittedly I have become somewhat obsessed with contemplating it all. I find myself looking deep within - deeper than I ever have before - hoping to zero in on the things that are most important so I can choose my time wisely. 

Last Sunday I finally visited my studio after way too long an absence. I did not hesitate to tear into a brand new large canvas and slap some paint with very little planning or thought. Who has time for that?! This painting was the result and I am still beaming with happiness at the joy I felt just getting in the moment and "doing it". 

@ Joyce Shelton Studio  •  48" X 24" Acrylic on canvas (SOLD)

What's your passion - the thing you wish you had more time for? Why not crank up the music in your studio and slap some paint? Or do whatever it is that makes you happy. Life is short. Time is precious. Do it! 

As for me, I'm going to throw a pickle on that sandwich and enjoy it! What the hell, I think I'll indulge in a slice of cheesecake for dessert! 

The Most Fabulous Trio!!

A Little Shameless Hubby Promotion

Seriously... the most talented jazz musicians anywhere! Ok, maybe I'm just slightly partial, but I'm just sayin'!  They are booked year long on luxury cruises and Jazz parties and festivals all over the world. These three talented musicians tour together every January all over Florida and this year, thanks to The Blue Bamboo Center For The Arts, they will be playing here in Winter Park next Wednesday, January 25th. To my local friends who are always asking where Eddie is playing - it's a rare Orlando happening. I hope to see you there. book your tickets here!

As a special extra treat, tune in to WUCF Jazz and more 89.9, Wednesday January 25th, noon to one p.m. for live music and interview with the trio. Tune in on your radio, 89.9 or listen here.

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Feeling (kind-a) Fall-ish in Florida

In The Kitchen With Avery & Gigi

PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE SWIRL MUFFINS

While working on the first edition of the Oak Harbour newsletter with my neighbor Cindy, we came up with the idea to feature a recipe of the month.  I don't know about you but anything with cream cheese works for me! 

We found this one here: http://www.thenovicechefblog.com - DELICIOUS! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar.
  • Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  • Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter. This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier. 
  • Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • I liked these best at room temperature or even slightly chilled! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

It is highly recommended, if at all possible, that you get a little helper for this recipe. Preferably a cute one in a pink polka dot Minnie Mouse dress.  Makes all the difference in the outcome!

And The Winner Is...

Thanks to everyone who signed up to receive my updates and blog posts. As promised the first drawing for a pair of earrings has been held and the winner selected. 

I plan to do a drawing for a free piece of jewelry every month, so stay on the list and tell your friends to join!

Everyone in the basket...

Congratulations, Debbie Kellis!

I will contact you via email to get your address so I can ship them right out to you!

 

Announcing Artful Adornment

Finally, after months of trial and error, the initial run is complete.  I'm sure it will evolve but a dear friend of mine always reminds me to take action... even if it is "imperfect action!" So action I am taking, Beej

All photographed, on the website and up on the studio wall. I'll admit, it does feel good to see the group together now that all the work has been done.   

A new concept in artful living.  HERE'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!

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"One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art." Oscar Wilde 

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Winds Of Change

"Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction." 

I'm not sure to whom I should give credit for this quote but I like it. It keeps me going. When I read it I get a sort of validation... an ok, if you will - permission to experiment - to continue on with the search for my "true direction." 

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Icing On The Cake

Fond memories of cooking at my Grandma's have made me more than anxious for this moment! She was the best Italian cook ever and I loved to watch her make everything. Home-made pasta, and eggplant parmesan were among my favorites.  Nothing- I mean nothing - topped her pie crust!  I will never forget those cherished moments in Grandma's kitchen and I can hardly wait to recreate them with Avery. She's growing up way too fast already so I don't want to rush it, but I've been anxiously awaiting the moment when she could work in the kitchen with me.  Mommy's birthday seemed like a great opportunity for us to make her favorite - a carrot cake.

Carrot Cake... Mommy's favorite!

What a fun mess we made together!

And boy did Mommy love her surprise!

Family and memories.  Yep... this is what it's all about!