Monday, February 21

not quite the Wells Fargo Wagon, but still-- something special just for you

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Sometime in the Fall of 2009, MaryBeth Shaw invited me to be part of a most wonderful book she was putting together. It was going to have a focus on the love of mixed media and cooking.

Hello. Mixed media and cooking? Um, yes.

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purchase here

But then, when I truly sat down and thought about how I didn't have a moment to so much as flutter my eyelashes since that was RIGHT when I was designing/launching the new RDC site, the new SAW site-- which had FIVE session offerings, and oh yeah-- was up to my ears in the creation of a most wonderful book*-- I had to decline. And MaryBeth was all--"oh you have until January"-- which somehow made me think I COULD make it happen (which in truth, I totally couldn't, but then-- hey ho-- looks like I did!)

Go MaryBeth! I nominate you for best cheerleader of the year award.

So, the premise of the book was absolutely irresistible to me-- as you can well imagine. And for you long time bluepoppy readers, you will not be surprised that I offered up a recipe for (blue hubbard) squash soup and a mixed media piece that began with the inspiration of a blue gourd.

The recipe was inspired by a soup I had in Montreal when Christine and I visited Jeanine.  What's especially memorable for me now is that I made this soup (for 40 people!) this past October at the by the sea session. **

Yes, I actually packed two giant blue hubbard squashes into my car when I drove down to OBX. You might wonder if I was worried that they would all hate it and the sink would be full of rejected soup and I would be faced with finding a way with getting rid of two huge pots of soup (you know, legally)-- and you would be right.  I was.

Weirdest thing?  People loved it.  We didn't have a drop left-- go figure.  (Of course, I attribute it entirely to the inspired elegance of Amy who chose to serve the soup in champagne martini glasses!  Who could resist that?

My point being-- this recipe has deep meaning for me.  And I am thrilled beyond measure to be included in this book's stellar line-up.

First, did you know MaryBeth was one of my teachers at Artfest?  She was.  And she has been a fixture at SAW because I am not the only devoted fan she has.  MaryBeth's style of teaching is exactly what I love most:  loose, fun, exploratory-- but with excellent structure underlying the class. 

She always plays the BEST soundtrack-- omg, the best.  She also brings no inflated "I'm a teacher" ego to the room.  She shares with you how she is always learning too-- point in fact-- look how she just immersed herself into encaustics.  She always wants to be at SAW whether she is teaching or not-- and that speaks volumes to me. 

She is awesome and this book is FABULOUS.  Seriously-- just. so. yummy.

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It is divided into sections color, texture, etc and then each section has a few guest artists who share a specific technique that pertains to the section and a favorite recipe (if they cook, that is-- some share their love of cold cereal-- which we can ALL relate to).

Did you happen to notice Misty Mawn is featured?  And Sarah Ahearn?  Yeah-- nothing like being in superstar company.  Seriously-- some of the other amazing artists included in this book are Judy Wise, Dolan Geiman, Katie Kendrick, Heather Haymart, Tonia Davenport and so many others! 

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And now the part you have been waiting for! MaryBeth is giving away one copy of this amazing book-- All you have to do is go over to her website and leave a comment that says, "me! me! mine!" (or, you know-- some variation thereof). The drawing will be on Friday.

Also, I am giving away the artwork that was featured.
It is 11.5"x14.5"x2" mixed media on canvas.

If you want to be entered into the drawing for the artwork-- simply leave a comment here. I will enlist the help of an objective 3rd party and do a drawing on Friday afternoon. (Only comments left by noon on Friday, February 25th, 2011 will be eligible)

Of course, the smartest thing you could do is buy the book and dive in and start making your own fabulous pieces-- you will find endless inspiration in this wonderful collection-- I assure you.

Bisous, E

*the journal-- I actually meet with the printers for lunch today to finally retrieve our award! Woot. More on that tomorrow.

**  ha ha -- look what Noel just emailed to me-- a photo of me in OBX prepping the squash for the soup-- oh, what a fun weekend that was . .. sigh

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36 comments:

  1. Congratulations Elizabeth, what an exciting opportunity for you. Witnessing your creative growth and ideas over the last year and a half, via your blog, has been inspiring.

    BTW I do remember when you wrote about the blue hubbard squash soup. I had never heard of it so I went on a research expedition to find out just what it was and if I could buy it hear in the midwest. Well I did find a local farmer who delivered blue hubbard to my local coop this past fall. I cooked it up simply and found it delicious.

    I know you find it surprising and honored to be included with such talented artists but you shouldn't. Look at all you have done to create a safe and nurturing space for artistic souls to explore, share ideas, and nurture friendships with SAW. Your place in that book is well deserved.

    Bridgemor

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  2. I need to correct a misinterpretation. Last paragraph, honored yes, but not surprised to be included in the book. That phrase didn't come across the way I meant it.

    Bridgemor

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  3. Way to go E.. you rocked it out and it is amazing!
    Can't wait to get the book.

    xo
    Karen D (dancing throught the fields)

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  4. Love the mixed media piece, and its inspiration. Also love the book premise - and am surprised it took so long for someone in publishing to put those two ideas together. :)

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  5. You inspire me to no end, my dear. What a beautiful piece! So exciting to be included in such a wonderful project. Do you ever look back at your life in wonder? You should. Look at all you have done with your life! Such a blessing for so many of us.

    My post today was dedicated to you by the way...

    xo

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  6. Way to go girl, you have inspired me beyond my wildest dreams. I had no clue how you and SAW would change my life. I can thrive and not just survive..

    Xo

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  7. Oh my goodness, how awesome! Food and art: in a nutshell -- perfect! :) I'm heading right over, right now! Thank goodness there are so many amazing, talented, inspirational people out there to give me motivation!

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  8. OMG!!! Must have!!! LOVE it. So amazing and beautiful. xoxo

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  9. Wait, am confused (about the book contest). MaryBeth's last post sends people to Susan's website, but HER contest for the book is apparently already over? No worries, I'll just buy a copy!

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  10. Woohoo!!! So exciting! You are rocking this life! xoxo

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  11. WOW!
    Last week I was pestering you to show me one of your art pieces and here it is...and IN A BOOK!?!?
    You never cease to amaze me!! Congratulations!!
    And you look AMAZING in that photo.
    Holy mother of squash, that must have been a lot of chopping!!
    XO

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  12. I have already bought the book and I love love it. but i would love to win the art piece.....it is lovely. Wow a few love words in that sentence.

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  13. could you look any cuter in that picture?

    that is some serious squash...i totally remember when you had that soup in montreal! leave it to you to not only figure out the recipe all martha stewart like...but than to pair it with a painting and get it published? wow...seriously...wow!

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  14. Congratulations! Can't wait to get my hands on that book. And I'm extra excited now that I know it has the squash soup recipe in it. I've been dreaming about that soup since leaving the OBX.

    xoxox

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  15. now THAT is one amazing squash!
    kudos for being sooo brave to try it out

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  16. gorgeous!! Congrats!!!!! Think I'm gonna have some squash soup now!!!

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  17. beaming, beaming...and feeling heart-swelling sisterly proud...& that soup? Divine! xoxoxo

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  18. Is there anything you cannot do?
    I need that book!

    All my love to you

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  19. um, it was martini glasses, not champagne, because who could get a soup spoon and a dollop of yogurt into a champagne glass, just sayin'

    but either way the soup was amazing and the spicy version was the bomb and you and me + squash + an OBX kitchen = magic.

    as a side note, your art and MB Shaw and the rest, is ridiculous. just ridiculous. life is good, e. so so good. xoxo

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  20. The book looks lovely, congratulations on it's publication. The squash looks like quite the challenge. Thanks for the chance to win beautiful art

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  21. Congratulations on being published and thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to win the beautiful piece you created for the book. I'm hopeful :-)

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  22. Such a fantastic group of artists packed into that little beauty of a book. I've been eyeing it..... and would love to put it to good use :) And the art? It would certainly be appreciated & treasured!

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  23. elizabeth! yes! of course, you are there, in superstar company. love that gold with the blue. she is so right in that first paragraph. it's your default lovey authenticity that just draws us all in. you're lucky. we're lucky. congratulations, yay! i'm going to go try & win the book, now...

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  24. Congratulations! And yes please, I would so very much like to put my hand up and add my name to the draw for your work, you inspirational wee thing, you! :-)
    xo

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  25. wow. that is some serious squash there!
    So very generous of you to give away your art. it would be an honour for anyone to win. Cheers from Spain!

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  26. synchronicity? that it's a squash soup recipe! i'm hosting my second women's creativity group thurs and a squash soup is what i've wanted to make but i can't remember my recipe exactly (!) -- i do it in my head...so while i'd love your painting (!) -- i'd be happy with the recipe ;)
    and think i'll be serving in wine goblets -- or maybe margarita glasses for a wee dose of warmer weather to come?

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  27. yes, Mary Beth's book IS AWESOME, as is your mixed media piece featured...and I salivated when I read your soup recipe! can't wait to make it. my dear banana bread-baking husband pre-ordered the book for me on Amazon. The artwork is amazing, the concept is fun and each time I flip to a section by one of the artists I've taken classes from at SAW it brings me back to that serene, wonderful feeling of being there. Congratulations to you and all involved.

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  28. FABulous! (That squash is rather fabulous too!)

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  29. I love the squash and apple soup that they make at our local coffee shop. It is delicious! Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely piece of art. What a nice give-away! Congrats on being included in the book. I will look for it the next time I'm at Barnes and Noble!

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  30. Am I allowed to say "pick me! pick me!" over here? Yay on the book, Yay on the soup & Yay on the painting!! (which I have a perfect place for by the way :) ) You are an inspiration . . .

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  31. The book is crazy gorgeous & so inspiring. Love all the artists featured!

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  32. oooh!! me or mine or me or mine! congratulations and how truly rocking of you !! loved loved loved that soup and you and this book and the artwork!

    xoxo

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  33. Oh, the wonderful blogs one can stumble across! Just found you today. I know, where have I been? so I will say, me, me, Mine!

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  34. Woohoo! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e