“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

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

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“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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“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

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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

“A proper tea is much nicer than a very nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.”~A.A. Milne


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“Teapot”  art by eileen tomson

Architect, Michael Graves designed the Alessi tea kettle in 1985. This Alessi designed tea kettle has sold more units than any other item in Alessi history. It is also one of the most sought after whistling kettles in the world. This water kettle is often miss-called the Michael Graves tea pot. Alessi introduced the actual Michael Graves teapot in 2005 to accompany the bird whistling kettle. Both the Graves teapot and the original 9093 kettle are 18/10 stainless steel kettles. The Alessi bird kettle has a personality, with its simple geometry. The dots on the bottom are to signify heat as the kettle is placed on the stove top. The shape of the grooved handle is blue to signify it is cool to touch. And , best of all- the bird whistles. Michael Graves designed the whistling bird large enough to take off when it is cool if desired. The 9093 was designed to blow water faster than any other stove top kettle on the market. This was accomplished by giving the water kettle a broad base that fits on the stove top. The Graves kettle then narrows towards the top creating a very efficient kettle.

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Teapot designed by Michael Graves

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“Black Tea Trinket” Laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron

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“Orange Tea” by nicole maron

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“Newspaper Tea”  by nicole maron

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“Passion Fruit Tea” laser cut relief on dyed paper by nicole maron

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“Teatime” Embroidery by Nicole Maron

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a paperboard or wood. The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.

The plate can be intaglio-inked, inked with a roller or paintbrush, or some combination. Ink or pigment is applied to the resulting collage, and the board is used to print onto paper or another material using either a printing press or various hand tools. The resulting print is termed a collagraph.

Collagraphy is a very open printmaking method. Ink may be applied to the upper surfaces of the plate with a brayer for a relief print, or ink may be applied to the entire board and then removed from the upper surfaces but remain in the spaces between objects, resulting in an intaglio print. A combination of both intaglio and relief methods may also be used.

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Nicole Maron will be attending her senior year at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson in the Fall. Nicole is a very talented artist and will graduate with an Art degree with an emphasis in printmaking, and just happens to be my sweet talented daughter.

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Teapot art by Joana Vasconcelos, Versailles, Paris

Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist. She was born in Paris in 1971 and now lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

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A Proper Cup of Tea

  • Bring water to a boil in a teakettle.
  • Warm a teapot. Fill the pot with boiling water and allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Drain the water from the pot.
  • Place one tablespoon of tea per cup of water into the pot plus one extra tablespoon.
  • Fill the pot with water and allow the tea to steep for two to three minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups.
  • Add milk and sugar to taste.

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http://portuguese-american-journal.com/art-joana-vasconcelos-exhibit-in-paris-was-the-most-visited-in-the-last-50-years-france/

http://www.afternoontoremember.com/learn/etiquette

http://www.ehow.com/how_5079867_drink-tea-like-english.html

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