Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Favorite Things

For some reason I hit a slump on Tuesday afternoons. It's looking like Tuesday is the new Monday in my little world. I need something to look forward to on Tuesdays. What better time for me to post some of my favorite things?

This week I have two favorites. A small start, perhaps, but a start nonetheless.

Ready? Here we go!


Inside Out Eggplant Parmigiana

I made this recipe last week and it turned out incredibly well. Tasty and so filling! Best of all, it only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. Perfect for a weeknight!

I did not have any arugula on hand, but I substituted spinach, which worked great. I used some tomato sauce from a can and jazzed it up with a ton of sauteed garlic and some parmigiana cheese and voila! yum.

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Daily Bread
oil on canvas
40 x 30

I can't stop looking at this painting. I'm not exactly sure why. It could be the clarity of light against the weightiness of the figure, the force being exerted on the dough, the stability of the red table. It could be the rich symbolism of bread as subject matter. It could be that the piece reminds me of the work of Vermeer, which I love.

Or maybe it's all of these things, with a certain je ne sais quoi. That certain something that stirs your soul, that inhabits your mental space, that causes a seismic shift somewhere within.

I have a hard time not analyzing art. I blame it on having more education than sense. I cannot respond to a piece either positively or negatively without asking myself why I'm having the reaction that I am. And then I need to try to identify the cause, to plumb the depths, to tear it open, expose it to the light, and examine it. I wonder, though, if this doesn't destroy some of the joy of looking at art.

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