I don't know about you, but coconut macaroons are one of my favorite treats! I don't like things too sweet, so when they're made right, these little lovelies are divine! I'm crazy about the texture, the simplicity of ingredients, and the perfection of the soft inside with slight crispiness of the coconut on the outside. Throw in a little dark chocolate drizzle and you have yourself a winner!
Once while I was selling art at the Oviedo Farmer's Market. I stumbled upon Jackie's bakery booth. She had the trip-colored rainbow pastries that I remember eating as a kid. My Italian grandma, Antoinette a.k.a. Nettie, used to bring them down from New York when she visited. I don't see these often so after purchasing a couple and gobbling them up, I was inspired to gift Jackie with a "la Dolce Vita" (The Sweet Life) print. It's one I had painted a long time ago mainly for myself that features some traditional Italian desserts. Yes, I realize that cannolis are missing, but it's because I never liked them.
After getting the surprise print, Jackie had the idea to hire me to illustrate one of her yummy macaroons for branding purposes. Specifically, her business cards. I was in heaven and I couldn't wait to get started on this project. Below is what the painting looked like on my art desk before being scanned. I've added in some objects to show you the scale. It was initially painted quite large so that it could be used at a variety of sizes down the road. As a general rule, images scale down without losing much quality, but you can't scale them up larger then the original without the image degrading. I've learned from experience to start big to account for the possibility of car magnets, booth signage or store front signage.
If you have a little time this Saturday, stop by Jackie's Bakery booth at the Oviedo Farmer's Market. While you are at it, come say hello to me. Better yet, bring by something yummy to nibble on : )
Jackie's Bakery can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pursuitofdessert
and on instagram: @pursuitofdessert #jackiesbakery
What is your favorite baked goodie?
A few weeks ago, my husband was telling me that Publix was considering no longer giving away free cold cut slices after they cut your meat/cheese at the deli counter. Apparently, there was such an outcry from the customers that they decided to bring it back! See the full story here...
The last blog post that I wrote was all about these little special touches. My mind keeps lingering on how the businesses that survive and thrive do so in part because of their commitment and attention to the details.
When the Orange Door started renovating a charming but dilapidated house in Oviedo, I was hopeful. Hopeful that someone cared about a historic home and wanted to build something special in its place. They took the time and money to restore it and convert it into a commercial space. Kerry Kisling of the Orange Door made it happen.
As she is filling her boutique up with wonderful and artsy gift items, she endeavored to create a culinary room! As you know, that is my weak spot. She asked if I would be interested in collaborating with her by painting a wall in that room. I'm typically not a big fan of painting murals, but she had me at, "culinary room".
Last week I was welcomed into her space. As I worked, we drank coffee, and got to know each other. I also met her wonderful assistant named Michelle. Kerry and I created something lovely together. Something that I would consider similar to a deli sample turkey slice ... a special touch.
This lady has non-stop energy and works fast! I know she's been busy filling up those shelves with food related gifts and kitchen essentials. Go check it out when you get the chance, and tell them that your mutual artist friend sent ya.
Orange Door Gift Boutique
469 S. Central Avenue, Oviedo, FL 32765
We ROSE to the occasion as we freely painted flowers in class last night ... Just a little corny mid-week humor for you. The students and I had a great time filling papers up with sweet, watery, loose roses.
As is often the case with our projects, everyone's personal styles really come across.
Often times the student's art surpasses that of the teacher! We all enjoy laughing at ourselves and getting better together. Iron sharpens iron ya know.
Mine below started looking like cinnamon buns!
I could see these in so many different applications ... on place cards, invitations, bookmarks, greeting cards, signs and yes of course I had to work them into a watercolored logo. This one is for our Aunt's incredible cake company in Ohio.
I had been longing to paint one of her beautiful wedding cakes for years and practicing roses for this bakery logo inspired me to make painting flowers into a class. You just never know what one project will spark another.
Wow, it's been a busy few days. So many projects and family obligations all rolled together on top of each other this week. Happily, all weeks are not created equal. One thing that came to the top of my mind today is this ... I work with so many different clients and learn about their businesses, I get to slow down and listen a lot. It's great to hear about a client's company, their vision and goals for their brands. It's refreshing and calming for me to stop doing and listen to someone else's story. One of the things that impresses me most isn't a client's unique product or services, but how they deliver them... the special touches of appreciation. The attention to detail and considerations that they give as they do business.
Local real estate firm, The Core Group,
Whether I am working with a client on their brand identity, teaching students or creating a watercolor piece, I hope to refresh and inspire others with my work. Read more ...