What a fantastic day – and with brilliant results. It felt like we were back at school with all the glue that was being used. Lots of creativity – I hope you will all continue, maybe not with all the ideas but adding just a little bit of texture to an ordinary painting makes all the difference.
As promised here is the recipe for the olive cake – taken from Clotilde Dusoulier’s book Chocolate & Zucchini
Heat oven to 180 deg
150g plain floor
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoon olive oil
150g plain whole yogurt – Greek preferably
100g – 150g filling of choice:
chorizo, olives – green or black, sun dried tomatoes, mixed herbs – dried or fresh, feta cheese crumbled, parmesan cheese, nuts, cubes of ham etc. etc. (usually three main ingredients)
Use a loaf tin and line with baking paper – just squidge in, no need to cut to shape
Combine flour and baking powder – set aside.
Whisk eggs, salt and pepper, then whisk in oil and yogurt. Sieve in the dry ingredients and then fold in the added flavours with a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 40 – 50 mins – check with a skewer. You could sprinkle some sesame or other seeds on top before baking.
Leave to cool for a few minutes before pulling out of the tin.
Birgitta finished her rug
Dawn does some beautiful water colours
… and so does Eric
(the other) Dawn was experimenting with Klee-style paintings
Chris was doing a study for a doggy portrait
… and I was experimenting with fabric and paint
Jackie, Dawn and I were painting quite traditional cards ..
… and Jane decided to paint Christmas chickens – I love it
Chris was finishing off her beautiful shire horses
and it was good to see Steve back and enjoying painting those wonderful skies
Dawn was painting a card for a friend
This wonderful picture by Jan is going to be stunning
Eric has finished his interior picture and was trying to decide how to frame it
Sally Anne is still working on this – please hurry up and finish it as I want to see it framed!
Patricia was painting a very ‘green’ picture and was working on the shading
Gill has progressed with this – very Cornish
I was still getting to grips with the new gauche paints – I’m liking it more now but was ready to give up on it last week
Jenny was updating a wicker cheese dome with beautiful coppery paint
Getting ready for the lampshade workshop
works in progress
A jolly morning on Tuesday with lots of different things going on – tiles, decoupage using serviettes, crochet rugs, painted furniture – it’s good to be back
On thursday Eric was continuing with his very stylish interior
I was putting finishing touches to this collage ‘watery’ acrylic
Gill was dabbling with watercolour …
… and this is wonderful from Patricia – love the splashes – just my sort of painting
A bit of a delay in posting this as the internet has been playing up. The barn was looking beautiful before everyone arrived on Friday evening
It was a great evening – even sold some pictures
Starting with the vernissage at 6 o’clock on September 1st and all the weekend from 10 to 5
Jackie and Dawn were painting tomatoes and other veg – it’s the season!
I was in a watercolour mood today
Steve was finishing off this painting which he said he had only started the day before – such detail – it’s beautiful
Birgitta came to finish off her retro style bowl
Pauline was in mass production mode with her coasters
Patricia finished her French country picture …
… and Chris was painting a friend’s dog
We were doing lots of watercolour this week. Dawn brought in some lovely flowers and was doing some studies – she left them with us so I put them in a jar and painted them – I hadn’t done any watercolour for a while – always enjoy it. Jackie was experimenting – as usual – this photo doesn’t do it justice – beautiful deep blue. Steve had painted this window last week and wasn’t happy with it. I suggested he darken the window panes and then I didn’t see it again to take a photo! Dawn (the other one) was also doing a beautiful little watercolour of some cow parsley.
Sally painted another tile
Patricia started an acrylic and for once didn’t finish in two hours
Chris has finished her dog (I think) with a little help from Steve
Pauline was making some more coasters …
… and I finished this acrylic – a little bit of texture in the foreground – and framed already!