I realize the great secret of seascape painters: there is no season. The ocean is always a willing subject and changes its pose constantly. Sea birds, those smug gulls, are always there, too. No waiting for Spring and its bluebird or swallows. The birds are interesting and their white form is appealing to a painter.
I did the Ancestry.com DNA test and discovered I have more “Irish” DNA than the average resident of Ireland today, so I am thinking Irish now. And, it’s that Irish time of year, so I tried something I’ve always wanted to bake: Irish Soda Bread. Gluten-free of course. It is delicious and holds lots of butter and honey, making the past two months of continuous rain here on the Oregon coast more bearable. I adapted a regular recipe, using rice flour and adding 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to milk to make buttermilk. I’m not sure if coconut or almond milk will curdle with vinegar, so will try that another time. Enjoy!
Irish Soda Bread
1 3/4 cups flour (rice flour used) [add 1 teaspoon guar gum if using rice flour]
2 tablespoons cane sugar (never use beet, you know it’s GMO)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup buttermilk OR 2/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar added–give a few minutes for it to curdle
1/2 stick of butter, melted and just warm
Butter a 9-inch pie pan. Mix all the dry ingredients and raisins in a bowl. Mix the egg, milk and butter together and stir into the dry ingredients. Mix together just till blended. Shape into a large round loaf and place in a buttered pie plate. Use a sharp knife to slice an X across the top, about a half-inch deep into the dough.
Bake at 375-degrees for 30 minutes. Serves one Irish woman for about two days. And her husband, if he behaves.
I decided to really focus on painting seascapes, which I find fascinating. So I’m challenging myself to paint 100 seascapes, in order to see improvement and changing style. I have already done several since last summer, but switching to oil paints (from acrylic) in January has been a bit of a learning curve. I don’t have an update on how many I have done so far, but here are a few done in the past two weeks — to get the project rolling. These are all done from photos I’ve taken in the past several months.
Above, is 6″ x 6″ on panel.
Above is 14″ x 18″ on stretched canvas. A pretty loose interpretation, not from a photo.
Above is 12″ x 16″ on panel.
Above is 12″ x 16″ on stretched canvas. Looking north toward’s Road’s End in Lincoln City.
Above, a 12″ x 12″ painting on board with oils.