A House Portrait

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Author Unknown

This house portrait was thoughtfully commissioned by a friend as a surprise Christmas gift for her mother after she had seen some of the urban sketching I’d done.

Their house, like many, has allot of sentiment as it was built by her parents more than 30 years ago to be the home to raise their family in and now, the next generation of grandchildren are finding comfort there as well.

House portraits preserve a moment in time -a first home, a family home, a home in a specific season. (pets can also be included in the house portrait.)

Do you have a home, business or building you would like a momento of? Perhaps even a gift to a client. You can email me or send a picture of your home via post and I can produce a hand-rendered 8″ x 10″ ink and watercolor portrait on watercolor paper or illustration board. Once the pictures and details are in hand -it takes approx. 2 weeks to complete the portrait. Please don’t hesitate to enquire!

House Portrait
House Portrait, Watercolour & Ink, 9″ x 12″

 

My first Blog Post Ever!

I am new to this area of the web but I’m diving into my first blog post.

The first stroke on a fresh page can be very intimidating so I thought

“Where better to start than at the beginning -with breakfast!”

French Toast cut like a doughnut, with berries, kefir, maple syrup & mint.
French Toast cut like a doughnut, with berries, kefir, maple syrup & mint.

As I grew up one of the standard cook books our family would refer to if in doubt was The Joy of Cooking. When I moved away from home I was gifted my own copy from my mother and I’ll likely do the same for my own children when the time comes.

Last Sunday morning as I was doubting my memory of the correct ratio of eggs to milk for French Toast I turned to my trusted textbook. The answer was much as I suspected (1 egg to 1/4 cup milk, for 2 slices of bread) but I noticed in the method was the suggestion that the bread could be cut with a doughnut cutter! I had the time to indulge in the novelty shape but I had no cutter but have no fear, I was sure I could MacGyver a suitable tool.

With the help of my daughter (an aspiring scientist), we made out wonderfully (see below).

She insisted on cutting 1 slice at a time to assure the accuracy of the circles ;)
She insisted on cutting 1 slice at a time to assure the accuracy of the circles 😉

The remainder of the process was typical although after all of our cutting we couldn’t bring ourselves to waste the “doughnut holes”.

She was also quick to point out the radial symetry but I thought it looked more like a nuclear hazard symbol or a face. What do you see?
She was also quick to point out the radial symetry but I thought it looked more like a nuclear hazard symbol or a face. What do you see?

P.S. If your someone who doesn’t like the centers of the toast to be soggy, this may be the method for you!

“I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time” so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.” 
― Steven Wright