Hi everyone, I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting much in the New Year for 2012, but I’ve been really busy planning for my art exhibition in St Petersburg Russia for May.(yes, I’m going back!)..and I’m also teaching a Masterclass there too. I’m also booking in other venues where I’m teaching masterclasses and seminars for this year too, and trying to juggle my return to full time work as a high school teacher, my business and life in general. How will I cope?? Careful planning and accepting that I can’t do everything the way I want to
So what does this mean for Ingrid-creates or my other website Ingrid Lee Art? Well, because my available time is limited, I will be posting fortnightly recipes now, but still keeping big feature articles of sharing friend’s artistic pursuits as I know how many of you enjoy them. I will be making more free tutorials as well!! And some other fun stuff along the way. I aim to post probably once or twice a week where I can.
My newsletters will be posted with new ideas, tips and information on a monthly basis…and I apologize if you you’ve been waiting for new information for a while….lots of opportunities have arisen and now I’ve had time to sit and sort them out!
If there’s anything you like me to post more about, please let me know in the comments
Lastly, I wish you creative prosperity for this year, and I’m sharing with you my last painting for 2011, called “Friends and Opportunities” 40″ x 40″ acrylics on canvas. It is a celebration of all of the wonderful people I’ve met, friendships I’ve made, and opportunities which have presented themselves in 2011. To all of you who have followed and supported me and my work, my creativity and other passions, I offer you my warmest heartfelt thanks…this painting I dedicate to you.
Thanks Sonia for the opportunity to write for your beautiful magazine, I had a lot of fun putting together this tutorial on organza and silk ribbon roses on a handpainted background.
Delicious cakes on my trip to St Petersburg…need I say more????
I haven’t had a chance to eat lots of cakes, but I’ve tried to take photos, while eating as much as I could. I’m not too scared of the calories because I’ve been walking everywhere…my feet are so blistered and sore! Which is why I needed to buy new boots here- honest! My new boots are flat, instead of high heels
So, I’ll do a quick photo journey of cakes….starting with some delicious chocolate cake I had at Ribbon Embroidery artist, Valentina Razenkova’s house. This cake was a soaked chocolate sponge with a sour cream (smetana) filling on top of segmented oranges, and liberally dusted with cocoa….very delicious and rich, I could barely finish one slice! Chai tea is at the bottom of the picture.
Then I couldn’t help but take photos of these cakes which were available at the supermarket!!! (the first photo in this post was from the supermarket too!)
I also got to eat hot, freshly baked apple filled yeast cakes from a street vendor at the train station, which were so good…I bake these at home, but somehow they taste better when it’s cold!!! After a long day of walking, and I mean a long day of walking around Catherine’s Palace:
I had the most delicious creamy, custard like hot chocolate topped with a tonne of mini marshmallows….absolutely divine, served alongside a slice of chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate glaze.
Oh, did I mention that each morning, on top of my cooked breakfast I’ve been eating danishes, syrniki or cottage cheese pancakes (I love making these at home, but it’s just as great when you don’t have to make them!) served with fried apple slices and more smetana (sour cream)…no I have not put on weight, I know what you’re thinking, I have actually lost weight on this trip So back to the hot apple pie. The pastry was a rich buttery shortcrust, filled with apple and a delicate baked egg custard. It was served with the most delicious Russian ice cream…my Russian grandmother always sang praises about ice cream in Russia and how wonderful it tasted, she used to make her own here in Australia, and it does taste different…it’s not so much creamy, but it’s like a creamy rich eggy custard flavour, if that makes more sense. Oh, and the strawberries were so sweet, unlike the massive sour ones back home in Australia
I’ll just tempt you a little more with a run down of the other desserts at the La Presse restaurant: Rapsberry puree, served with Blueberries and meringue; Strawberry cocktail with ginger, pepper and lemon sorbet; Classical Homemade Tiramisu, with strawberries and chocolate sauce; Fresh beerries with Vanilla sauce and caramalised sugar crust; Grilled pineapple, with Icre cream and Strawberry couli…I just need to come back here again to try these all
When I get home, I will try making a version of the custard filled apple pie…it was a lovely and delicate combination of rich flavours, that were cut down by the acidic green apples, and soft textures. I’ll let you all know how the pie works out
Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been posting as regularly as I do, but I’ve been busy with lots of new adventures in my crazy, creative life…
Finally, my daughter has moved into her bedroom, and it’s all finished now, here is a quick photo:
Her wardrobes are finished and I can finally hang her dresses and coats and other gorgeous things, and everything now has a proper place. But, in sorting her room out we now have a study to move into her old nursery, and set up my new studio :) Those rooms still need to be painted, and fitted out properly…so I have bookshelves in other rooms, tubs everywhere, and honestly, I hate chaos!!!! I like everything neat, tidy and organised, so this is doing my head in!!! Thankfully it should all be finished in two weeks.
Next on my agenda, is that I’ve started a new blog called Ingrid Lee Art, which is my personal art journal. It is different to Ingrid-creates, and largely talks about my canvas artwork, fabric arts and porcelain, what inspires those artworks and so on, it is my professional portfolio I suppose. So if you’d like to get to know another side to my art world, please say hello.
This has been a big step for me, as I’ve kept most of that part to my artwork to myself, but thanks to many of you who read my blog here, and the support for my artwork you’ve shown online, has given me the courage to step up to making a formal commitment to my creative and authentic self, so I thank you for that
So what will happen to Ingrid-creates?
- Well, I would like it to become more focused on sharing artwork, ideas and inspirations. I love writing the feature articles of sharing different artist’s works and paintings, and your feedback here and on facebook lets me know that you enjoy seeing these too!
- I’ve also added a new feature of Tip of the week. If you’d like to contribute to those tips, please send them in the contact form, and leave your website details so I can include a link. Your tips can relate to painting, baking or any other creative thing you do. This should be fun, so PLEASE share!! I’d love to hear from you….just remember we all learn something from eachother no matter what your skill level :) Tips are published at my discretion, and published tips will be added to a permanent listing here on the site, all you need to do its link back to me in your blog post or website!
- Also, if you’d like to contribute a guest blog post about your creative pursuit, please let me know, check out Kama’s post to give you an idea of what a guest post looks like.
- I’m still posting a recipe every week and sharing my passion for baking, and I’ll still write posts about my other artwork too, but focusing more on the decorative arts things too.
- And of course I will be still working on my e-Seminars…there are exciting new things happening with those in the next few months as well.
Exciting and busy times!!!! I’m glad your here sharing the journey!
What am I up to now?
Well, I’m at the stage of finishing lots of things that I’ve put on hold for too long. I’m sucking it up, finishing them and allowing my new creative energies to flow. I need to get my studio set up, and I’ll share how I approach setting up a studio. It’s smaller than I’ve ever had to work in, but it’s really going to make me get rid of things I’ve been holding on to and hoarding, and really focus my energies into my artwork. I’m finishing setting up the facebook fanpage too, it’s taking a while….but then I’ll be free to start more art
If you have any questions or comment, please leave them below, I’d love to hear from you
The wonderful thing about artists, is that there are so many of us , and that there are so many of us who express their world and thinking in so many different ways which are truly inspirational. This week’s inspiration is by English Fantasy artist and sculpture Josephine Wall.
When I saw this painting by Josephine Wall (b. 1947), it intrigued me and took me to another place, through her carefully constructed composition. Here is another favourite painting:
According to Wall, much her inspiration is developed by her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. It is clear that her paintings evoke both messages while taking the viewer on a journey into their own imagination. Check out her site, as there is an interesting slide show about how she approaches painting her artwork.
What are your feelings or thoughts about Josephine Wall’s artworks? Let me know in the comments below, and please share this post with friends who you think would like this work also