Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Just picked today!

I guess I planted all mid to late season varieties this year because my tomatoes are just now getting ripe enough to pick. I love the yellow and orange varieties that I discovered a couple years ago and they are now a "must have" in my garden. Being lower in acid they have a little less bite. This years yellow variety is called Carolina Gold. 

I came across this simple recipe for a pesto dressing in a pile of saved recipe clippings. I wish I knew where I found it so I could give credit but I didn't make any notes and I just can't remember. It's delicious and goes perfectly with the seasons fresh tomatoes.

Pesto Dressing

2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup Olive Oil
¼ cup lightly packed fresh Basil Leaves
1 clove Garlic, minced
¼ tsp each Salt and Sugar
¼ cup grated Parmesan Cheese 

In blender or food processor combine vinegar, basil, salt, sugar, cheese and oil. Process until smooth. Slice tomatoes and arrange on a serving dish. Drizzle tomatoes with dressing.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Collages - Making Progress

My table is even a bigger mess then it was back here as I can't pull myself away from  working on more of these collages. I brought in a folding table so I could have more room to spread out all the materials I'm using. There are still several in various stages of being done but... 

I did manage to pull together and finish 8 panels in the last month or so to complete two pieces that I entered in the Mystic Arts Center's 55th Regional Juried Show. I'm so happy to say that this one was accepted for the show!

'Second Chance' 17" x 33.25"  Kathy Johnson
This is a detail of one of the panels. You can see the other panel details here along with the second completed collage.

'Second Chance' detail of panel 4
I have not seen the show yet so I am looking forward to the the opening reception this Thursday the 11th. In addition to all the wonderful art on view for the The Regional Show is a solo exhibition by artist Jennifer Wheeler. One of her colorful works was the first place winner in last years Regional Show. Both shows continue through September 24th.