Featured Artist: Paul Wright!

The Oval Mirror by Paul Wright

The Oval Mirror by Paul Wright

Paul Wright is an amazing artist from England. I featured Paul a while back, but I haven’t featured his interiors and WOW, are they amazing or what?I think they exude such style, color and even movement. Stunning!

Yellow Door by Paul Wright

Yellow Door by Paul Wright

Now THAT’S a yellow door! Just look at that fabulous chair, the color of the room, the walls, again… that wonderful movement, the bits of splattered paint – WOW. I am a huge fan of Paul’s work!

Read a bit about Paul from his website:

Artist Statement

I have spent the last 15 years developing a painterly language through which I seek to capture a vitality beyond the establishment of a mere ‘likeness’ to the subject. Whilst I appreciate the importance of the subject being recognisable, they are glimpsed rather than exposed, their inner selves hinted at but ultimately inscrutable.

Though I often work on a large, potentially imposing scale, the work remains immediate through fluency of brush mark and a rich palette. The spaces the subjects inhabit are often indeterminate, providing an atmosphere that allows for ambiguity of psychological state. The subjects retain their integrity and yet a sense of intimacy is evoked.

All images via paul-wright.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Spring in Charleston… a photo

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Walking to our car the other day… the trees in Charleston with the bright green new growth, and those magnificent oak trees how their limbs form a canopy over the street. If the cars weren’t there it could look like a different time, couldn’t it?

Enjoy your day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow!

Charleston Spring Photo… looks like fall!

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I think in the area where we live, with the beautiful grand oak trees that shed in the spring, our spring looks more like fall… I guess that would make it SPRALL! These trees are tremendous with the Resurrection Fern growing and thriving, the Spanish moss that hangs from the trees and looks magnificent and the number of large, old, azaleas that dot the landscape from house to house.

Enjoy your Spring or Sprall!!

Catch you back here tomorrow!




The Gallery on Broad

29 Broad Street – Charleston, SC 29401

Don’t you love an art walk. No matter what city, an art walk is always such a good time. So many people out and about, perusing the galleries and the wonderful work.


A quick preview of some of the work that is on display…

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ArtFoodHome.com | barbara stroudHope to see you there!

House Plan: TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group!

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

Isn’t this a classy house plan? This is the TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group. This plan is 2,485 square feet with 4 bedroom and 4 bathrooms. Don’t you just envy that wonderful porch? Wow!/

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

As I mentioned… what a wonderful front porch! Also a sweet side porch off of the kitchen and master suite, and a sunroom on the other side of the house. People often think that with an open plan you can sacrifice some of your privacy, since there aren’t as many walls to create intimate spaces. But this plan certainly has the best of both world. With the Master Suite on one side and the Guest Bedroom on the other side of the house. Also, a nice screened porch that is tucked away, or a sunroom on the other side of the house. An open Kitchen/Living/Dining space makes it nice when you want to get together as a group.

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

TNH-LC-40A by Moser Design Group

A nice upstairs with two additional bedrooms, two bathrooms and ample closet space! What a plan!

All images via MoserDesignGroup.com, used with permission…

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Workshop Event: Robert Abele

Robert Abele Workshop | ArtFoodHome.com

Robert Abele Workshop | ArtFoodHome.com

Plein air workshop with Robert Abele! Are you going to be in the Massachusetts area mid June? If so, you may be in luck! This is going to be a fantastic workshop, 3 days of plein air painting the South Coast of Massachusetts!

Robert is an amazing artist, who has a style all his own. His paintings are dynamite!

Read a little blip about Robert, from his website:

Robert Abele was born in Bronxville, NY in 1969. He has spent his life making images of the New England landscape. The south coast of MA. , North Fork of Long Island and Provincetown are a few of the places close to Robert’s heart. His paintings are done from life, plein air, in the tradition of Corot and Monet. Responding to the changing effects of light and atmosphere, using an economy of brushstroke capturing quick nuances and shifts in line and color. Robert studied art in New York at the School of Visual Arts & The Art Students League , graduating in 1993 with a B.F.A. in fine art. John Ruggeri, Juan Gonzalez and James McMullan were only a few of the professors that affected Robert’s early development as an artist at SVA. Robert’s work has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post. Many of Robert’s works have won national awards, often regarded as a painter’s painter.
Robert is inspired to paint what he calls a vanishing history of America’s past. This on going life’s passion to preserve the gentle New England coast is his muse as his dialog with this subject matter will continue to challenge him visually.

Here’s the REGISTRATION FORM…  More info, from Robert…


Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 6.51.15 AMImages via RobertAbele.com, used with permission…

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Recipe: How to make a great wrap!

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I am hooked on wraps right now. I’ve made so many different version, each as wonderful as the next. None of my wraps have included meat, but you certainly could!

Start by buying good tortilla’s. Read the ingredients. Many of the grocery store brands have horrible ingredients, (if you’re trying to be healthy) like one of the top three (listed by quantity) ingredients being Interesterified Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and/or Palm Oil. What? Yep, if you can’t say it DON’T EAT IT!

I found some wraps at EarthFare the healthy grocery store near us Maria & Ricardo’s tortillas... they’re amazing. I’ve tried the flour tortilla and the spinach, both are fabulous. NO INTERESTEREFIED anything in these tortilla’s… organic, non GMO, etc.

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Step 1: I set out a tortilla on a piece of wax paper. Let it sit and come to room temperature while you prepare the ingredients.

Step 2: Spread your “base” (a bit off center, you want it to be more to one side), and add a little to the side of the tortilla to help hold it after you roll it.

Two options that I’ve tried are hummus and avocado (or guacamole)! Both are fabulous, they’re different, but oh so good!

Step 3: Add a slice of cheese (I have been using Havarti, sliced thin, and set out for a few minutes to be more pliable so it will bend when the wrap is rolled).

Step 4: Add some veggies. I like some crunch so I’ve used radishes and cucumber. But whatever you like would work perfectly here. I’ve also added sliced avocado, tomatoes, etc.

Step 5: Add greens. I’ve used arugula, bean sprouts and kale micro greens. All are fabulous! You could also use lettuce. Whatever you like!

Step 6: Optional: you can add some leftover chicken, turkey or whatever else you’ve got.

W O R D   O F   C A U T I O N . . .

Do not pack too much onto this tortilla or you won’t be able to roll it. Sounds like I might have done that, huh? Oh yeah. Fred made a wrap the other day, and it was hilarious. He stuck a knife through it to hold it together because there was so much in it, ha ha… wish I would have taken a photo of that!

To roll the tortilla, fold up a little at the bottom, (in photo above, fold up to cucumber slice at bottom. Then fold the left side over the pile of wonderful ingredients, try to roll it kind of tight so it doesn’t fall apart. Roll until the “glue” (hummus) has been rolled over. Now just tuck in the top portion of the wrap. Sometimes it’s easier to eat if you roll the wrap lightly in wax paper and put in fridge for a minute.

There is no wrong way to roll a wrap, I’ve Google’d it and read many different versions, use whatever is easiest for you. Some just roll it up, and tuck in the sides.

Owie! You’re going to love this!

What do you put in your wrap? Let me know! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Featured Artist: Frank Bruckmann! Monhegan Workshop 2 spots remain!

Frank Bruckmann Breaking Bread

Frank Bruckmann is a fabulous artist who I wrote about years ago… a fascinating story, if you get a chance, check it out. Frank is an artist who spent time with his family on Monhegan. It’s a wonderful story for sure!

Looking through Frank’s paintings I absolutely love the paintings from his “Breaking Bread” series. Wonderful, intimate dinners between friends/family. They evoke so much feeling and breath life! Wonderful! You must check them out!

WORKSHOP ALERT: If you’re going to be in the Monhegan Island area June 6-13, 2015, as I write this there are TWO SPOTS left in Frank’s workshop. It sounds heavenly! Check it out!

Read a bit about Frank, from his website:

Frank began his studies at the DuCret school of Art in New Jersey, and then took classes at the Art Students League in NYC. In Paris he sketched at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and spent 8 years in France and Spain, copying the masters in the great museums like the Lourve and the Prado, and painting plein air landscapes in the cities and countryside. 

Now a resident of New Haven, CT, Frank has found endless subject matter for landscapes in New England, but periodically packs his easel and travels farther and wider in his VW camper. To continue reading, click HERE.

Image via FBruckmann.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Charleston Photo – Love this house with the wisteria!


Love this house in Charleston! Just look at the curve of the palm, the curve of the transom over the door, and the gorgeous wisteria.

Breathtaking! Catch you back here tomorrow!

Ahhh, the wisteria in Charleston!

This is a well photographed spot here in Charleston, SC in the spring! The wisteria is gorgeous and just look at the shadows! Love it!

Catch you back here tomorrow!