Friday, October 17, 2008

If I look hard enough into the setting sun/My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

Let's talk of soup. I love soup. I would like to make soup for a living. If you have any ideas on how I could do that, please feel free to share. A really great soup can evolve from very humble ingredients -- the sum is greater than it's parts, as it were. I had a head of cabbage in the refrigerator that was crying out to be turned into something tasty and I knew I had some smoked ham hocks in the freezer that would combine nicely. Throw in sliced onion, cubed potatoes, spices, beans and bit of pork loin for good measure and I ended up with a big pot of golden hued goodness.

I'll leave you with what I consider to be the most imporant part of making soup: salt and season it well from the beginning; you can make it salty once it's done, but it will never taste as good as it could have been.

So, in addition to making soup (and brownies and bread), I got it into my head that I wanted to combine ink and watercolors and try my hand at some painting. Now, neither drawing nor painting are my thing -- that's not where my limited artistic talents lie -- but I just had a hankering. I decided to try a vague rendering of a photo I took with my mobile of a gorgeous pink, cloud streaked sky.

I couldn't find my proper watercolor pad so the paper I used wasn't the best for the purpose, but I was pretty happy with the results. I'm thinking I might try much smaller tableaus to be used on greeting cards...who knows. Inspiration and inclination often evade me as a pair, so we'll see.

I don't there's any painting in my future today, but I have high hopes for tomorrow!


Pollux said...

I love your painting! Very nice!

Cat Pick said...

Thank you! I just treated myself to some much nicer paints, so we'll see what I can do with them...

Anonymous said...

I plan to make myself some spicy pumpkin soup tonight with fresh pumpkin that I bought last weekend. And some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I already made & ate a pumpkin praline pie. I know that using canned pumpkin is so much easier than fresh, but when I see all those gorgeous pumpkins at the market I just can't resist!


Cat Pick said...

Oh yum! Pie made from fresh pumpkin is better. Maybe because you know how much work it was!