Waiting for Santa Claus

I can’t JUST PAINT. It doesn’t work like that for me. Every painting I make is the result of a complex internal process. I see something which inspires me, and that awakes inside me the need to put it down on a piece of paper. It happens at random moments and I don’t have much control over it. Sometimes I get inspired by the craziest things, like a word, a leaf, a bird.

This is why I never painted humans before. Humans don’t really inspire me. The more time I spend with humans, the more I love my dog.

However, painting landscapes and random animals is easy. Painting a human is very difficult. It has to say: emotion, expression … life. Painting a person I know, is even more challenging. Zero room for mistake.

So, I took a challenge. I want to get better at it, I want to learn. I believe if you can paint a human face, there’s nothing you can’t paint. It should improve my overall skills.

With Santa fast approaching, here is my first try, at painting a portrait.

Oh, yeah, and that’s Lisa, in the right lower corner 🙂 She’s scanning the sky for the sleigh. And…I think she saw something out there. Hmm…

What do you guys think?

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Broccoli Christmas Tree

With the holiday season approaching fast, I’d like to share with you my favorite type of Christmas Tree. Building one myself feel much more rewarding, and besides, it’s edible!

What you need

1 broccoli flower head

1 large carrot

1 yellow bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

toothpicks

knife

Instructions

1. Take the carrot and place it on a plate or cutting board.

2. Starting with the largest broccoli heads, place them on the carrot, starting at the base and work your way up, securing them with toothpicks.

3. Cut the bottom of the yellow bell pepper and using a knife, shape a beautiful star. Using a toothpick, place the star on the top of the carrot.

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4. Cut the red bell pepper in half, and then into thin slices. Use the slices as the Christmas Tree’s tinsel.

5. Using the remainder bell peppers, cut them into small pieces, and decorate the rest of tree.

6. Sit back and enjoy 🙂

DSC_3482 Even if it doesn’t look perfect, I think it’s pretty good for a first try. My guests definitely enjoyed it. What do you guys think?