Jam jar filling with fresh strawberries and other fruits.
Strawberries are ready to be picked on local farms in our area.
On a smoggy Friday morning, we were in the fields early to pick the juiciest ones. While I have stopped making jam because we don’t eat enough of it to make it worthwhile, I do freeze berries to add to our yogurt during winter or to drop into smoothies. We picked four baskets, enough to tide us over until next year.
Jam Jar Surprises.
Just because I don’t make fruit jam anymore doesn’t mean I can’t paint a bunch of jars, a quick and easy project on a rainy July 1 when it was impossible to do anything outdoors.
Inspired by Insiders' Studio, I added my own spin on them including stencilling, gold pen, micron pen, water soluble pencils, watercolours, and acrylic paint, purple foil discs, and a decent amount of splatter for good measure because everything looks better with splatter!
Which jam is your favourite? Mine isn't even pictured here. I love peach jam and peach pie.
I searched high and low for those two recipes that I used to make many years gone by, to no avail. I must have thrown them out when we moved three years ago.
Rhubarb Compote Recipe.
Here is a tried and true Rum and Rhubarb Compote from Foodland Ontario.
You can delete the rum, add other fruits...reduce the sugar and play around with this recipe in so many ways and it is always delicious and easy to make.
We brought rhubarb from our other home garden and transplanted it here. We had our first compote this year as we read that we had to wait three years to pull the stalks after the rhubarb is transplanted.
Earlier similar mixed media work.
In 2014-15, when I began painting again, I worked with watercolours and pens. It is so easy and quick to clean up and the results were satisfying. At that time, I painted at the kitchen table. I found these little sketches so relaxing and enjoyable to work on. They all started with a light pencil sketch, followed by light washes of watercolours, with some pen work at the very end.