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Carb Free Stuffed Peppers With Alternative Rice.


I’ve wanted to share with you for some time now some of my cooking and health tips. Its been a plan to start a new blog on my cooking, but I never have the time to create yet another specialist blog, so I thought what about my art blog? For a while now you have asked about my personal life and you like to get to know the person behind the art, and this is an ideal opportunity to share with you my experience, tips and loves. Do the things that make us feel happiest and food is the love of the soul.Inflatable Air Track

Carb Free Stuffed Peppers for two Lovebirds
*Carb Free*Dairy Free*Egg Free*Wheat Free
Ingredients.

4 medium size peppers (I use 2 of each green and red)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 Medium fresh tomato’s
1 Small onion (finely chopped)
1 Glove of garlic
1 Teaspoon of dried Oregano
20-30 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon tomato past
1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

Meat filling

250 grams lean ground beef or pork
1 cup of diced cauliflower and cabbage
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Chili finally chopped

Extra special Ingredient

Fresh sliced parmesan cheese
Cooking time 45 mins Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Preparation time 15 mins.
1. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the stems and seeds carefully with the knife. wash them and place the pepper bodies into a pan of water with a pinch of salt and bring to boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Heat the olive oil in the frying pan and add the diced the onion and garlic, and simmer for 2 minutes. Chop the tomato’s, the tops of the peppers and add to the onions and mix, then add the tomatoe paste, the oregano and fresh basil, salt, pepper and Worcester sauce and reduce heat and leave to cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
3.While the sauce is cooking finely chop the cauliflower and cabbage so they look the size of rice.

4.In a separate bowl mix in the beef, cauliflower, cabbage, chili and salt so it looks like this.

5. Remove the Peppers from the water and place into an oven proof dish. Spoon the meat mix into the bottom of the peppers, then add some the the tomatoe paste. I like to add some parmesan cheese here, but on a little bit just to give it flavour, but if you can’t have dairy then leave it out. Parmesan cheese has a lovely strong flavour so you don’t need much 😉 Then spoon in the rest of the paste and place you peppers into a preheated oven and cook for 40-45 mins.

I love this recipe as its easy to prepare and once in the oven you have 40 minutes to prepare for your guests and relax with a nice glass of red wine.

Hints

Sometimes I’d like to add some red wine to create some extra flavour. Don’t forget to add your favs to see what you can come up with 😉

Lunchtime on our balcony 🙂

Introduction To Becoming A Traveling Artist.


It’s been a plan of mine to start sharing with you my experiences as an artist and what it is like to travel and create for a living. Increasingly more of us want to be able to travel and work at the same time. So over the coming months I will bring you more on traveling as an artist and how to make a living doing what you love.

I have been traveling since October 2006, we started off in the US traveling east to west along the route 66 traveling on Harley’s, stopping in hotels catching up with work along the way. After our first two years of traveling, having fun living life on our terms, it became clearer that we did not want to come back home to the UK. Until December 2010 we spent 3 months a year in the US. We have lived on the road, in San Diego, Chicago, Orlando and St Petersburg. Besides Living in the US we have lived in Thailand, Philippines, and New Zealand. We have traveled to Vietnam, Hawaii, and India.

In the early days I really didn’t know how to earn a living while traveling, let alone go about it, or what I really wanted to do. All I knew was that art was in my soul and somehow I had to make it work, and find my path. To mix things up a little more, I also had to deal with living life completely differently, swapping our house for a suitcase, and leaving our family and friends behind, to having just the two of us. They say Traveling can either break you or make you, fortunately for us it made us stronger and I’m lucky to have my best friend and rock with me. Thanks to the internet it allows us to stay in touch with family and friends besides earning, enabling us to live life how we do.

Five and a half years on and today I live in Bangkok Thailand and have been now for the last 2years. Why? I here you say, well there are a few reasons for this.
• One being is the opportunity to live in another country learning about another culture, so much is learned by watching and stepping into another life seeing how people interact with each other. It’s humbling and allows you to think outside the box and broadens the mind.
• Two Thailand is a beautiful place, and the people are generally very happy.
• Three it’s very cheap and we can afford a good quality life here compared to the west. It’s no secret Asia is booming!
• Four which is the big one is TIME! It allows me the time to build on my business and really think about where I want to go in business and what I want to achieve. Time is the important key, far too many of us don’t have enough time to spend on the things we love, or don’t know where to start cause we are so wrapped up in life and we often don’t see ourselves. You are the most important person in your life so finding time is so important. Time is the only thing we have to experience life! So make it count! I could so write some more on this and give you the benefits, but I will create another blog for especially about you and your time 😉

I recon the next question on your lips will be how do you stay there for 3 years? For me it’s going to college for 4 hours a week. I go to a Thai language school where i am learning to speak, read and write Thai. What better way to connect to the country and it’s people than to learn and speak there language. I’m not fluent yet and it’s not the easiest of languages but the more I learn the better it gets. In Bangkok many Thai’s speak English so you don’t get to practice much, plus I have a western partner so I learn a little slower, but the main thing is the experience 😉 As I write this post I’m holidaying in Hanoi Vietnam and its so frustrating that I can’t speak their language. lol

More to come about traveling and working as an artist for a living. Here’s a list of some of the topics that will show up in future blogs 🙂

• The best way to start and earn a living online.
• In the beginning and how I found it making a living? and what were my problems.
• Traveling and work? A total rethink of how do business while traveling.
• How to be a traveling artist and earn a living.
• Tools of my trade – must have items.
• Where do you buy your art supplies.
• Whats different being an traveling artist the good and the bad.
• Advertising and promotion.
• Meeting other artists.
• Social media sites
• Time how important is it to you and do we have enough?
• Living in a suitcase and what its like.
• Living with less verses more.
• Investing money and creating a security blanket.
• Opportunities!! the world opens up!! You only live once!
• Living outside the box and looking outwards?
• Whats important to you?
• I wonder what the next 10 years will be like?
• Looking into the future? Where would I like to be and why?

 

Ocean Heart


The other week I completed the finishing touches to “Ocean Heart“ my mermaid angel of the sea. Looking at the painting above you can see that I finished of the hair and the water, to create more depth and movement in the water I used thin layers of watery paint building up many layers. Finally I used white paint to add some high lights to the bubbles.

Her Goddess name is within you and speaks to you.

“Ocean Heart“ is about honoring our quiet time and simply being you, taking time to be in the moment, to appreciate yourself. Breathing listening to your heart beat feeling everything in that second, within you and around you. When you are at one, within the moment you can feel so much love and your inner voice becomes loud and clear. The pearl in between her hands is the essence of everything, you and all living creatures, in the ocean, on the land, in the sky, within the earth and beyond into our vast universe, its the pearl of all life and love.”Breath in the loving warmth and pass on that glow.”


Thank you for following my journey while creating this painting. Sharing this process with you has been very full filling and has enabled me to give something back. This was the 1st of my art tips and there will be more in the future. There are some lovely gifts now available from my zazzle store now available in ipad, iphone, blackberry, galaxy covers, skateboards, stickers, greeting cards and much more.

Coming soon! Handmade Jewelry from my etsy store

Mermaid Portrait Painting Part 4

It’ s been a few weeks since my last blog post since part 3, being self employed and working on a few projects can hold you back from time to time, which can be a pain, but life never runs how you want it too at times 😉 so we just have to go with the flow and see what lessons we learn 🙂

So back to the painting, as you can see from my last post “Ocean Heart” has come on quiet a bit, in the first images you can see I have began working more greens into the hair and merfins, using a light wash of greens over the hair and building up darker areas to create depth by weaving the hair in and out. This acts as a guide to see where each curl is going. On this particular painting the hair is very complex so I try to map out as much of the movement I can in light layers first, trying to not make mistakes, if I do its means I can correct it early on. Sometimes its easy to get carried away with a certain area of the painting, and miss something because you are not seeing the full picture in your minds eye, this is where mistakes can happen. I try to stay fresh and stand back from your painting from time to time to see the overall feel. There’s nothing worse when you make a mistake later in the painting.

I keep moving from one area of the painting to the next so I can see how her hair merges with the water, and see how the highlights of the healing glow reflect on her hands and face. I really want the highlights to stand out and create a warm inviting feeling, whilst drawing your in, so you can feel the warm of the glow radiate from within you. Because this painting is very moving and is such a strong pose I’m keeping the water background simple as I can while adding more depth to the piece. To create movement and feeling I am merging the hair with the water so she becomes at one with the waves of the water. I loved this part of painting with a flow and working in beautiful swirls with the cirls. She is at one with the changing tides whilst remaining calm with the heart beat of the ocean, forever alert and feeling each moment in the present 😉 “this was a neat feeling that just ran over me, I love it when something inside speaks to me and connects me to the moment.” being connected with our work is being in the moment of life’s awesome pleasures”

In the second picture I have enlarged an area of the hair so you can see how I built the depth in the hair. With the close up of the hands you can see the reflection on her hands and hair, from her warm healing energy.


And finally the last picture is nearly complete and I have started working in air bubbles using them to create a magical alive feeling, hidden messages of the water and the spark of life. There is still quiet a long way yo go yet, more shading to do in the hair, hands, face, and water. Then finally adding some white hight lights to the water bubbles so that they really lift of the painting, this might need to be enhanced with photoshop, but were see how it go’s.

Until next time thank you for reading. I and Ocean heart would like to wish you love in your creations.

Tave

Mermaid Portrait Drawing – Part 3

I have been feeling so inspired with this theme, that I felt the need to start painting her today.

“Ocean Heart” is what she speaks to me.

The paints I am using are Winsor and Newton Acrylic, I use them like watercolor paints and to build up the colors slowly layer by layer, giving it’s rich vibrancy to a painting. I Began with painting a watered down lemon yellow, using it as a wash all over the face, arms, hands and neck. From the photo you may not even see the faint yellow on the hands and arms, but its there, just ever so faint. 😉 I then built up the yellow in the darker areas. Once I was happy with that, I then added some deep turquoise to the lemon yellow and darkened up her mermaid skin tones. I have been mainly working on her face today, along with some subtle colors in the hair, arms and and mer-fins. In between her hands I have used the lemon yellow, this is her healing energy, you will notice flecks of this in her hair and hands and face to add some glow reflecting out from her hands. It is here that I work out by eye, where I think the glows should go.

So far I have a very good idea for the feel of color for the whole piece, but who knows what will happen later in the game. I may get a spark of imagination while I’m in the flow of painting and something new could be added to her at anytime 😉