Saturday, September 22, 2012
Here is my new painting. It is called "Web Browser" in honor of one of my favorite stories Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. It is 6" x 6" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. Contact me for price.
Monday, September 17, 2012
I've started a new blog on how to save money to earn money. As Benjamin Franklin says, "A penny saved is a penny earned." Check it out and sign up for email updates. I will shared tips I've used to save money during this recession. I have a huge list that keeps growing every week! Sensible savings is becoming a huge part of our family's budget management. Hopefully it can help you, too. It is called Sense for Savings. For the first entry, A Penny Earned, visit here: http://senseforsavings.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-penny-earned.html
Friday, September 7, 2012
|"I'll Have a Chardon-hay"|
Tracie is a Texas artist who lives in Rhode Island. She is a Seventh Generation Texan! She primarily grew up in Lubbock, TX, located in the Texas panhandle. Springtime was abundant with sand storms with skies hued by the native red dirt. And, yes, there were tumbleweeds in the streets--at least my street, because we lived near a large open field. Oil pump jacks lined the highways. One of her major sensory memories of Lubbock is the stockyard aroma on hot days when the winds of the plains would swoosh it into the city. Not the most pleasant smell, but definitely a memorable one!"
I guess that rich aroma of those West Texas stockyards had more impact on me than I realized. The cow represents home to me. Skies that glide along forever. Dust devils dancing in the fields. Soul shaking thunderstorms with lightening to rival any fireworks display. Cicadas' songs on a summer night. Red clay dusting my boots. (Yes, I even wore boots. Pink ones, in fact.)
I know it is an overused cliche, but it rings true for my cows: "You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl." Which is probably why my daughter calls me a "Yee-haw Momma."
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Here is the finished painting of the rooster! His name is "Cock-a-Doodle-Dude." I love the way he turned out. He looks like he has his eye on some pretty thing in the henhouse. He is definitely a proud dude. He is available at my website www.tracieseedart.com.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
|"Peep" 6" x 6" acrylic painting by Tracie Seed|
"Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep,/And doesn't know where to find them./Leave them alone and they'll come home,/Wagging their tails behind them."
The origins of the poem are debatable, but some believe it was written in the early 1800's.
Picture the quintessential costume of the meringue skirt, large, ruffled bonnet and big shepherd's hook, complete with a huge satin bow is some pastel hue. This 6" x 6" painting of a little sheep is a nod to that poem. Look at that mischievous face! Where has that sheep been?
The rhyme now reminds me of my own children (although not lost) running around in the neighborhood, playing with their friends as I did as a child. Eventually, they come back home. Sometimes with their tails wagging--like when my son went swimming with his cell phone in his pocket! But, mostly they come home bleating,"Mom! What's for dinner?"
I am lucky to live in one of those 1960s neighborhoods where you actually know your neighbors and kids can stay out until dark. So even when I am not around to herd my children through their days, I know that there are good shepherds watching after them. Now, if I could just get my hands on one of those hooks!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I have a stack of canvases and a checklist of ideas in my head for paintings I want to create. As a wife and mother, time is precious. Although, I must admit, since deciding to try this venture (my family made me do it!), my family is more understanding about giving me a bit more time to paint. Both my kids are creative and my husband is literally my biggest fan. He wants me to sell my paintings, but doesn't want me to sell any I paint! He ends up loving them so much, that he wants to keep them. I understand, but a little wish of mine is for one of my paintings to hang someplace other than on my walls or in my extended family's home. Don't get me wrong, I feel blessed by the support I get for my creativity from my family! Just starting to put paintings in small area shows is a really thrilling for me--knowing other people are seeing them and probably smiling, because how could you not smile at a pig?
Today I was able to squeeze out some time for myself. I decided it was a good day to try a painting on a 6" x 6" canvas. I've always wanted to try a smaller size, but just haven't done it. Here is the little piggy who showed up on my canvas. The title is "Chin Up!" Which is just what I need to do: keep my chin up and keep doing what I'm doing until it is done!
Please visit my website at www.TracieSeedArt.com.
Friday, July 13, 2012
|I Prefer Redheads|
12" x 12"
I'm also unveiling my Fine Art Reproductions of two of my four paintings. My pig (To Oink or Not to Oink?) and Rooster (I prefer Redheads) will be shown tonight. I also offer the reproductions of my cow (Bloo Moo) and sheep (Three Bags Full). I have three standard sizes for each print, so they can be easily framed.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The last thing my son said to me as he left for school: "Mom, can you please make homemade macaroni for dinner?" Before even processing the request, I answered with a resounding "Sure, bud!"
Problem: We just returned from vacation and it didn't register that my pantry and fridge were down to survival mode status. No OJ. No bread. No milk. It was a cold, sleety, dismal day out and I just didn't have the get-up-and-go to make it to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store when the weather is inclimate. Misery is going to and from the car and then standing out in the mess while putting the bags in the car. Then, just when you think it is over, you've gotta do it again when you get home! Well, unless you can park your car in the garage, which is always an iffy situation around here.
In desperation, I scoured my food sources and came up with a rag-tag provision of ingredients. A memory flash zipped through my mind of my mom's own desperate attempt at dinner when I was a child. Her final product: Cheese (Velveeta) & Spaghetti. It soon became one of our staple stand-bys. Back in my day, True Blue Texans always had a brick of Velveeta on hand! Or, at least, Mom did.
Speaking of Texans: after I made the sauce for my Desperate M & C, I taste-tested it and promptly grabbed my bag of tortilla chips. Ahhh....creamy, cheesy deliciousness! My mind drifted to a loftier idea for my luscious sauce: just stir in a can of Rotel (another must-have in the Texas pantry) and y'all have a really amazing queso dip!
Now here's the rub with this recipe--I love it so much that now I am going to have to go to the grocery store next time I want to make it and don't have the ingredients!
Now to laundry: I wonder how desperate I will have to get to actually finish it today? I'll have to go count how many pairs of clean socks there are in my kids' drawers. Does it really matter if the match?
Desperate Momma's Macaroni & Cheese
8 oz dry pasta cooked (whatever shape you've got)
3 TBL butter
3 TBL flour
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ small white onion minced
1 cup 2 % Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Slices 2 % American Cheese
½ cup 2 % Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Italian Bread Crumbs
Cook pasta. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour until combined. Gradually stir in Evaporated Milk and stir constantly with whisk. Stir in sour cream and continue to stir until smooth. Stir in salt, pepper and onion. Gradually add cheese and stir until cheese melts. You may think it is lumpy, like I did, but then you will realize that it is just the onions. Mix cheese sauce with pasta. Spoon into a 2-quart baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cover with breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes while you lick the spoon and bowl you used. Better yet, grab those tortilla chips!