Saturday, August 7, 2010

Butternut in field

Last night was the show opening at Ayrspace. It was a beautiful night: the humidity finally broke and Jill hosted a wonderful event! Very nicely done : ) I am posting this piece today because of the pieces I had hanging, this was Bruce's favourite. That was the other great thing about last night - I got to meet a bunch of wonderful artists, (names and links mentioned on Monday's post) but I got a chance to talk to two of them in depth: Bruce Sherman and Hank Bos. They were very generous with tips & information and all-together lovely people.
16" x 20" / acrylic on canvas / purchase from Ayrspace Gallery

14 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Nicely done, Kim. Looks yummy, too.

Denise Scaramai said...

Kim,
simply wonderful!
is beautiful the whole screen is filled... and what colors!
almost an overprint! I loved it!
kisses ;)

Neodad said...

Hey Kim, the following is for you, or you can post if you like. Delicious recipe!

Looks great Kim! Reminded me of the following:

INGREDIENTS
2-3 lb butternut squash
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups diced onions (about 2 medium onions)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 small bay leaf
3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. honey
1/3 cup whipping cream (about a 1/4 cup will go into the soup - the rest for drizzle (heck milk would work too)
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (go fresh!)

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Split squash from top to bottom, scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy stuff. Lightly sprinkle inside of squash with salt. Place flesh side down in a large baking dish (or a cookie sheet with sides). Pour some water in the bottom of the pan.

2. Bake squash 1 - 1 1/2 hours depending on size, until skin is brown and easily pierced with a knife. Remove from oven, let cool to handle. Scoop out flesh and discard skin.

3. In large sauce pan or Dutch Oven, heat butter until bubbly, add onions, thyme, and bay leaf and saute until onions are clear (do not let them brown). About 10 minutes.

4. Add squash to that, season with a little more salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes stirring often. Try to mash it up good.

5. Add broth, bring to simmer, stirring, 20 minutes. Season to taste. Remove bay leaf. Add honey. Allow to cool a little. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor (it might not all fit at once). (I learned to have some large bowls handy for temporary holding).

6. Return soup to pot, bring to simmer. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cream and 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg. Heat thru. Taste for seasoning. Drizzle a little more cream over each bowl of soup for presentation, and sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg.

Kim said...

That sounds great. And I thought I'd post it cause it sounds too good not to share : )

Kelley Sanford said...

Love your painting, beautiful colors and composition. Thanks for sharing the recipe, yum!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi again Kim!... It was wonderful indeed to finally meet "You" and Harry... and to "break bread" with "You"!

It is wonderfully uplifting and stimulating to be able to spend time... no matter how short it is to share ideas... processes... encouragement and a fe laughs and good food! All of that was on the menu on Friday evening evening!

All that remains is to paint together... outdoors. Let's work on that one....real soon! It would be a blast!

Really enjoyed getting to know both you and Harry!

Glad to see that you have elevated the status of this lovely... well designed painting! See!...."I" am not the only one who thinks these things!

Good Painting...LARGE!HAHA! Happy Summer! Stay in touch Kim!

Warmest regards,
Bruce
PS ... will try out the posted recipe too! YYUMMMMMMMMMM...EEE!

Joan Breckwoldt said...

So glad I found your blog. I love your use of color, your paintings are wonderful and lively.
Joan

Lyn said...

Congratulations on your show. Love seeing your work and the catchy names you come up with!

mary maxam said...

great rusty red colors with the greens and soft yellow. great movement.

Dawn Sherman said...

BEEEUUUTIFUL!

SUSAN RODEN said...

This really relays the twisting and turning of the vines Kim - and love the peeking of the red through the leaves - so much depth.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Nice strong values combined with subtle colors. I feel I can reach in a pick one of these lovely squashes for dinner.

Gwen Bell said...

Love this composition and it's organic feel. That area where the light vine twists over the dark background is my fave part. Beautiful subtle colors!

Love BN Squash...can't wait to try that recipe!

Crystal Cook said...

There is something about this painting that really speaks to me. i don't know what it is, maybe it's because it reminds me of fall. And maybe it's because it's obviously done by my amazingly talented friend Kim. Probably a little of both. I love this painting, it's one of my favorites :)

So glad the opening went well, those are so much fun. And I must try that recipe! Hope you're well Kim!