Archive for October, 2010

An Elephant Takes Flight

Stain Drawing - Elephant

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One of the more fun and fanciful assignments in my drawing class was an exercise where we took a stain (in my case some wine I spilled on some paper), and drew what we saw in it. My stain had this funny little outcropping that I thought looked like an elephant head, so I started there and just let my imagination go — and I ended up with an elephant flying through the clouds!

Black and White Drawings

Black and White Drawing Study

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During my drawing class one interesting exercise we did was drawing a white and black object. We looked at the range of values in each object and really looked at how a black object isn’t fully black — or at least one black — and a white object isn’t fully white. I think my black object turned out better than my white one. I also found out that I really like drawing with charcoal pencils.

An Award-Winning Sauce

Sauce Party Trophy

Evan and I recently went to a “Sauce Soiree” where everyone came bearing a homemade sauce and competed for prizes. A lot of people brought barbecue-type sauces, since it was sort of a barbecue, but I made a peanut sauce that a make pretty frequently. After much deliberation on the 12 or so sauces, mine won in the Most Creative Sauce category — and got a giant trophy! With a pig on top!

Since this sauce is one I make frequently, I don’t tend to use any exact recipe, I just scoop and pour and adjust things to taste. I’ve tried to approximate the amounts of each ingredient below so if you’d like to try this you can at least get started and then play around until it tastes good.

Peanut Sauce

Ingredients (approximate amounts)

  • Unsalted natural peanut butter (.25 to .5 cup)
  • Rice wine vinegar (2-3 tsp)
  • Soy sauce (2-3 tsp)
  • Sesame oil (1-2 tsp)
  • Lime (1 small fruit)
  • Fresh cilantro (1-2 tbsp)
  • Fresh basil (1 tbsp)
  • Thai chili sauce or Sriracha (to taste)
  • Water to thin the sauce (.5 to 1 cup or more)

Heat peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and water in a small saucepan. Add the lime, herbs, and chili sauce or Sriracha toward the end, and add additional water to get the sauce to the desired thickness/thinness.

I typically eat this sauce on a tofu and veggie stir fry over rice.

6 Views of a Little Zsolnay Sculpture

Zsolnay sculpture drawing study

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Here’s something I did recently for a drawing class I was taking — a 6-part study of the Zsolnay sculpture Evan gave me for my 25th birthday in Hungary. The assignment was to try 6 different styles. I used pen, pencil, charcoal and pastels. The middle two are my favorites.