“COWBOYS, just like the word says”~John Wayne

I grew up in Hollywood, so most people when they think of cowboys, think of John Wayne, famous for his slow drawl and distinctive gravelly voice. He is most famous for his Western movies like “Stagecoach” (1939), “The Alamo” (1960), and “True Grit” (1969).

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“Escondido Dale” watercolor by Eileen Tomson

I graduated from college with a BFA in Illustration, and one of my favorite illustrators, just happens to paint images of horses and cowboys. His name is Don Weller and he grew up in Pullman, Washington, his passion being horses and art.

Mr. Weller graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Fine Art. He moved to Los Angeles where he spent his time doing graphic design and illustration. His work appeared on record covers, posters, and magazine covers.  Later in life, he ended up moving with his family to Oakley, Utah, where once again he came back to his love of horses. After I graduated college, I had a greeting card company named Jag Graphics, located in downtown San Diego. I received a framed present from an artist who knew that I admired Don Weller’s work. He received it at the San Diego Communicating Arts Group. It has made it through many moves from San Diego, to Seattle, Northern California, Los Angeles, and all the way to Nashville, TN. I must really be fond of this poster! Don Weller would be proud. Below are some of my favorite paintings that Mr. Weller did.  I love the sense of humor in the work with the Marlboro man looking in shock at a cowgirl doing a yoga pose.

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“Marlboro Man in Shock” by Don Weller

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“Waitin and Watchin” by Don Weller

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“Family Tradition” by Don Weller

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“Next Loop” by Don Weller

http://donweller.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Weller_(painter)

(2011)..http://gagosian.vaesite.net/__data/3425e21cd592625d2cf47318e6f23539.pdf

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”~John F. Kennedy

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“Two Bicycles” art by eileen tomson

Kids on the Block/Stars Foundation is a non profit organization using puppetry and other teaching tools to promote understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences.  Stars exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. My contribution to the charity auction, “Chairish the Kids” was a tricycle that I painted and designed like a garden.

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The 13th annual Chair-ish the Kids Art Auction benefit features a live auction of one-of-a-kind chairs and chair-themed artwork, and a silent auction of additional artwork, gift packages and more. Proceeds support STARS Nashville program, Kids on the Block, which, through the use of puppets, educates students in Middle Tennessee about health and social concerns that affect their lives.

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http://givingmatters.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=2019

http://blog.eleanorsnyc.com/

http://www.eleanorsnyc.com/pages/about-us

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“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”~Forrest Gump

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“Truffles” watercolor+pastel pencil by eileen tomson

 

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The French Laundry photos by eileen

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GANACHE TRUFFLES~Thomas Keller French Laundry

This is Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry dessert. The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead and left at room temperature to be baked last minute. Or, make the batter well in advance, freeze it in the ramekins and put them straight into the oven when ready to bake. From the freezer, the baking time is 20 minutes.

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Slowly stir until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a shallow glass dish and let it cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then place it in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.

Scoop out balls using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and shape them so that they’re round. Chill until ready to use.

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Fannie May

Fannie May’s Pear and Caramel Chocolate

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http://www.fanniemay.com/dark-chocolates

http://blog.fanniemay.com/

http://cookbad.blogspot.com/2008/03/peanut-buttter-truffles.html

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/thomas-keller-chocolate-bouchon-recipe

http://food52.com/blog/6739-no-bake-dark-chocolate-coconut-bites?utm_source=FOOD52+Subscribers+List&utm_campaign=3da5ef676f-No_Bake_Dark_Chocolate_Coconut_Bites_plus_3_more_c&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_191568346e-3da5ef676f-19119625

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” If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one”

~andy rooney

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Dog art by eileen

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Homemade Dog Biscuits

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 tbls bouillon granules (beef or chicken)

3/4 cup powdered milk

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup unsalted butter

1 1/2 cup hot water

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

  • preheat oven to 325F.
  • in a large bowl, pour hot water over oatmeal, bouillon granules and butter, allow to stand for about 5 minutes.
  • mix in beaten egg, powdered milk and cornmeal ~ combine well.
  • add yeast and flour, a little at a time while mixing. continue to stir thoroughly. add more flour if necessary to make the dough very stiff.
  • roll dough into a 1/2 ” thickness to cut into shapes and place on lightly greased baking sheet (lightly grease the sheet with butter wrapper).
  • bake at 325F for 45 minutes. turn off oven and crack oven door but leave biscuits in to slowly cool and throroughly dry out.

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/9m4rj1ni/homemade-dog-biscuits.html

The Art of Construction ~ color,wood,and tractors.


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“She Thinks My  Tractor’s Sexy” ~Kenny Chesney

Here is an illustration/photo of a tractor wheel I did for a note card. People always ask me where I get my ideas for my designs. I like to take everyday things from life and make them into art, like a tractor from a construction site, a sheep from a pasture, or a clothespin from the laundry room. I went for a walk the other day with the intent of taking photos of all the spring flowers in bloom, instead my eyes got diverted to a nearby construction site, I was fascinated with all the colors popping out of the  surrounding equipment, and the tools laying around the site. I am not a professional photographer, and only had my iPhone with me to document what I saw through my eyes.

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tractor art by eileen

“Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night” ~ Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

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Illustration by eileen tomson

Coffee just isn’t the same as it has been in the past, it’s gone upscale. In the movies, we have heard the expression “cup of joe”.  Now we overhear words like, Fair Trade, Barista, Tall, Grande, Vente, Macchiato, and so forth.

Coffee seeds are primarily grown in  Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities.

Some people don’t drink coffee for the taste but for its side effects. Many drink coffee to  jump start their day or pick up a sluggish afternoon.

“Coffe for an artist, is like fuel for a car” 

“Barista Parlour” in East Nashville, TN.

“Intelligentsia Coffee”, Venice, California

“Polo Lounge”, The Beverly Hills Hotel~California

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