Tuesday, October 28, 2008

lost weekend?

The phone woke me at 10 am, I went back to sleep and finally dragged myself out of bed at 10:40. This NEVER happens....but it was pouring, as it had been all night. The perfect day to sleep late -- although I hadn't intended it. By the time I showered, dressed and put up the coffee, it was almost lunchtime. But before I had my coffee, I grabbed my camera. I've been watching the trees change from day to day and this morning, in the dismal gray weather, they were especially vibrant. If this were a painted scene it would be cornball. Look at that red on the left! With a sigh of relief, I decided I didn't need to go further than the mailbox today -- and since it felt like a soup day, it was the perfect day to try the recipe for Mulligatawny soup someone had posted on another list. I had all the ingredients: red lentils, hot peppers, fresh ginger, fresh cilantro, coconut milk, garlic, onions, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and even gram flour (chickpea flour), which I bought a while ago in case I ever had an urgent need for it. LOL. It pays to be prepared for all eventualities. While I was at it, I made the rest of dinner: ground lamb and pine nut-stuffed eggplant and kale salad. The soup was fragrant and delicious and so was the rest of the meal. The only thing I didn't do was bake - because I had to pay my mother's bills. Till that point, the day was lovely and relaxing. Then I had to take another picture. See those little white dots? Yep. snow. A little while earlier it had been so warm there was thunder. Go figure. I brought the plant in. But let's back up a bit... Last night was my collagraph class and yes, I was too tired to write about it when I got home at 9:30. Our homework was to carve into a plate so we could print intaglio and relief with two colors in one pass. WELL. First of all, I am not fond of sharp instruments. Second, I can carve into that soft rubber stuff with a speedball thing but have never carved into mat board with an exacto knife. So, my plate didn't look like anybody else's. All those other people carved gorgeous, detailed, recognizeable objects. I had lumps. Here is how the lumps printed. Afterwards, teacher gave me a carving lesson and I spent the rest of the evening practicing how to do it the right way. Not sure I really needed to know. Good thing we don't get grades.

8 comments:

Gerrie said...

I like the prints, any way! I can't imagine you doing something too refined - not the queen of founnd object printing!!

The fall color photos are gorgeous.

Karoda said...

The red this year in the leaves appears so much vibrant then I can recall in previous fall seasons...the scene from your window is definitely eye popping.

Deb said...

I just got back from a week with family in Westchester and the leaves were a delight and a pain (I raked).

If those three pieces were mistakes, please sign me up for #2 in case you were thinking of trashing it. It's wonderful.

Rayna said...

#2 is my favorite, too.

Linda B. Dunn said...

I want to come over for supper.

Judy said...

Oh man, I like those prints! The first one is so bright, and the last one is so mellow.

I cannot believe you had all of the stew makings in your kitchen!

xo

Diane said...

The soup sounds absolutely delish! And congrats on even making it through your class, I have such a fear of knifes I couldnt have done a thing there!

Liz said...

Well, if that's the result of lumps, I'll take lumps anytime!!! I love the second one too...

Hmm, gram flour. Wonder if I can get that round here? That might be a solution to not being able to eat wheat flour...