Rona2: Rancho Gordo Flageolet Beans

Flageolet is another sweet-smelling bean right out of the bag —
smells of the earth and it smells GREEN…

Flageolet pushed me back a decade to when I had the time to
make my own chicken stock from leftover bones, and
I did it in our little kitchen in the studio (when do I have time at home?)

Saved the bones from a curried roaster in the roasting pot.  So here is the thing:
If you cut the fat out of the inside of the chicken before you roast it, there will be very little of that congealed milky fat leftover — but lots of the gelatin.
If you buy a healthy chicken — organic, or at least non-GMO —
if possible an heirloom bird — then you get little fat and can feel okay
about the toxins stored in the fat — therefore healthy fat.
Then unless you have a serious heart problem that little bit of fat
adds flavor and is so yummy in beans!
You want that to go into your simmer pot too!
I simmered the bones with a onion skins and carrot ends, until the broth
smelled perfect, let it cool, and picked the tiny bits of chicken off the bones.

I had enough broth for two bean cookings!

My beans were cooked right in that lovely broth with an onion, NO bacon just olive oil to sauté, carrots, one small chopped sweet potato, 2 T sugar chilies, and seasonings:
2T curry, 2T cumin, 1 T turmeric, 1t garlic salt (rather salt after).

I will use more curry next time.

The green beans kept their color longer — only beans so far other
than a black bean (next) that kept its color at all..

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Rona2: Wildlife


Blackberries along the back fence attract birds and so, this year,
we finally began feeding the birds on the roof of our building’s loading dock.
A wide variety of seed and peanuts and corn means a wide variety of bird
and yup, two squirrels that are keeping it quiet so we don’t have many families.
They are of the more-for-me variety!
it has been a joy to watch and the cats enjoy it too…

Besides these critters, we have crows and pigeons and morning doves and finches.
I’ll get to putting them in my journal too.

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Bright Ideas: Roseville


I have no creative juices, but I can draw…
So back to my memory journal…

Bright Ideas multi-color journal,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.

w16-5-13-bi-patricks-sanddollars-01-sq  w16-10-6-bi-rhinestone-stars-sq  w16-4-25-bi-silver-buddha-sq

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans


This a redo and making-it-better of my Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans.
I nearly cried when we finished this batch, especially as they are already out of stock!

I pre-soaked these beans for an hour… seeing the beautiful beans in the pan
covered with water was like seeing gorgeous shells in tidepools (bottom).
My watercolor does NOT do them justice!


I made chicken stock/bone broth the day before, and this, along with the bits of chicken off the carcass, made this lovely bean mix.   I need to write about making great stock!
It makes a huge difference from using bought organic stock.

I started by sautéing a chopped onion in a tablespoon of bacon grease or olive oil,
with garlic salt and cumin and pepper.
I do this in the big old pot in which I cook the beans.
I also soaked the beans for about an hour beforehand just by chance

1 lb Rancho Gordo Ayocote Morado Beans
I qt chicken stock with bits of chicken from the carcass.
Additional cold water to cover the beans an extra few inches — I want pot liquor!

2 T chopped garlic
4 T Blackened Chili Pesto or 3+ blackened hot peppers, chopped, set aside.
Soffritto (with the onions):
4 carrots, chopped (if huge then quarter and chop)
4 stalks celery — leaves welcomed — chopped
And add seasonings:
1 t garlic salt (I don’t add much salt until the end), 2 T cumin, 1 T pepper,
and as we like heat, 1/2 t dry crushed chipotle chili peppers

Cooked about 2 hours — but I check every 30 minutes.

Later, salt and pepper to taste!
It was a bit like a lovely chicken chili bean… heavenly

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Rona on Grey, Equality Orange


I’m feeling frozen and powerless.
I finally decided ritual was a path.

When I am feeling powerless I turn to ritual…
Gamblin sent the Equality Orange Oil Paint on the day I was so upset about the news, worried about the protesters and infiltrators, and pushing to figure all this out.
I opened my watercolor book, and shellacked two pages.
I painted them in oil paint (!) yes oil paint in my watercolor journal.

I did not know where it would lead, and had to wait several days for
the paint to dry so I could begin to work with those pages.
Meanwhile they sat open next to my studio workspace and I saw these pages as
I worked, feeling sad, depressed, old, powerless, angry, hopeless,
and in solidarity with the many people of color who are marching for their lives.

After two weeks, I realized I had nothing to say.
My creativity has run dry (though I continue to do it).
I decided to make a message page of the bits of poetry or
rallying cries that are moving me to tears.


Rituals involve faith;
they are a lot like creativity in that way.

You don’t know WHY you are doing it, but you are moved to do so.
You don’t know the effect before you start and maybe there is none…

“Peace” is written in a Pilot Parallel pen
with PenBBS #153 Burning of White House 1814 Ink.

I don’t know where this will lead, but my energy calmed in doing it.
I don’t know if this will help the people marching in the streets,
and my intention is set to add my energy to their rallies, peacefully.

I’m Listening.  I will continue to add these pieces.

I’m proud of our local Gamblin Paints raising monies.  From their email:

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Santa Marie Pinquitos


Bored with talk of beans yet?
Oh well. because I have lots more beany things to explore!

These beans smelled like
fresh grass when I opened the bag. Now I am smelling ALL my bags — but so far none have smelled like these!
Heaven in a bag!

Yes, obsessed… like a fine wine or great cheese, these must be savored!

I am using my basic good recipes and just twisting them slightly. I added a small
10oz can of diced tomatoes
to this one, and upped
the heat with more chilies.

I won’t order multiples of these beans when I reorder,
(though I did love their smell) as I have others I prefer more,
and will eventually make a list of favorites.
I am entering each new bean in my art journal…
These were good paired with frozen corn (Covid has us eating more frozen veggies)
and diced avocado and corn bread the first day (Mitchell’s recipe below),
and over rice with corn and chips the second.

Yum.


Looking for the bright side in the pandemic…
(other than the Rancho Gordo discovery).

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Rona on Grey, VSW Canal, France


Annette Morris is leading our FB Virtual Sketchwalk group this month…

This fiery image was a sunset and I wanted to play with inks over watercolor.
Washes underneath were created quickly.
Jinhao 750 with Robert Oster Glistening Orange Rumble ink and a
TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Monteverde Moonstone ink sketched the lines which
were then moved about with a Pentel Aquash waterbrushes.

Very fast, 20 minutes not including drying times.


YaY!

We also have winners
for our giveaway!

Stacy in North Carolina
and
Elizabeth in New York State!

Their packages will be
winging to them in
the next couple of days!

YaY!

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Rona2: Anniversary Gift of Masks


Between the pandemic, working long hours, and the protests I have had
no time for posting.  I continued to make marks late at night.

Our anniversary in May was quiet and we slept, ate,
and binge watched the Good Karma Hospital.
Who would have thought our 18th wedding anniversary
the gifts would be matching pandemic masks?

We shopped locally for our fun silly gifts.
I am starting to use bags and other papers as tipins to my journal,
partly as memories and come of the papers are lovely…
Our local Oblation Papers was a great tipin for writing on the back.

We bought a pen for each of us and inks.
Mine is an inexpensive  Platignum from London pen from Oblation;
His is the Retro51 Cosair (no longer available).

The glitter inks we are sharing!  We owned Robert Oster Heart of Gold
(a favorite) and added the Robert Oster Aussie Liquid Gold.
I mean, wow — we are writing shimmering glittery love poems now!

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Rona2: New Moon


My creativity comes and goes…
My sleeplessness comes and goes.
Stess over pandemic and government’s handling of it,
economics, and as usual now, politics.


My New Moon was a mistake.
Reached for the wrong black ink and then had to go with it…
I wanted waterproof and choose Taccia’s Kuro.
So I decided to go with the flow, and the night sky became
Monteverde Horizon Blue with big drops of water after it dried.

Taccia has a nice sheen so I imaged it with and without a flash.

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Last Chance Today On Giveaway!


TODAY IS THE LAST
CHANCE TO SIGN
FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

To enter, sign you name: HERE!
Winners will be chosen by random draw on
the Solstice, Saturday, June 20th,
and announced that evening!


For my reviews, go here:
Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book
and Fineline Masking Fluid.

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Juneteenth

I am enjoying this series and suggest it for you.

 

 

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Rona2: The Squirt


She is the little Squeak, the Squirt —
the kitten who didn’t make it to foster care for a couple more days
after her siblings were found, and so also, missed feedings and started life the runt.
She’s not getting very big still, and we now think she will stay
where most cats are at 4-6 months, solid and sturdy but small.

Yes, she squeaks!
For any and all reasons, though we’ve come to know
the serious squeaks versus the ones where she instigated some craziness
and the other cats are after her for it.

And fiercely independent.
In fact, she gets into trouble most often because she doesn’t seem to grok
that she has to DO certain things that everyone does.
Because they are studio cats, they are trained to run to one safe spot
when we clap our hands and give that one command.
Everyone else gets it, but Izzee thinks that is the command to roll over and play possum.
That is right, make herself heavy as if she can’t be moved.

She is also friendly and sweet and for some reason, has taken to me.
It is a good thing; every oen else loves Mitchell best.

I can’t blame them.

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Rona on Grey, VSW Pink Buildings France


Annette Morris is leading our FB Virtual Sketchwalk group this month…
I am ready for diversion!  Above, Carcassone Cite France.
Having these images to sketch in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep is heaven.
(The above quick sketch may get painted but probably not.)


I too Alex Hillkurtz class through Domestika, and it was very good.  A lot is wasted on me to get to what I want, lessons on watercolor, but for those who need to know how to sketch perspective he does a better job than many who are more popular.  Simple and straightforward!

I want to take my watercolor sketching to the next level.  I feel I was able to achieve that in the image above.  I’m happy with shadows, building color, and my loose style; my sky is so-so.  I am generally happy with the outcome but I am
working toward something so that is
why the unusual criticism, which I discourage in others and myself too.

Trying to work my watercolor skills again!

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Best Cassoulet Beans


This a redo and making-it-better of my Rancho Gordo Cassoulet Beans.
I nearly cried when we finished this batch!

Doubled my 4 pieces bacon to 1/2 package, so almost double.
A bit more Chipotle — but then we love things smokey hot —
and so also another extra T Blackened Chili Pesto
and a bigger onion, extra 2 stalks celery, and extra carrot.

My recipe this was very close to my RG Cassoulet Beans recipe —
but hotter, and more bacon-y:

1 lb Rancho Gordo Cassoulet Beans
I qt chicken stock
1/2 package Niman’s Ranch Certified Humane bacon
I chopped in bean-size bites and fried crisp in a small pan…
Adding a bit of the stock and scraped the bits to make the beans taste even better,
2 T chopped garlic
5 T Blackened Chili Pesto or 3+ blackened hot peppers, chopped, set aside.
Soffritto:
1 large or 1-2 nedium sweet onions, chopped, sauteed
4 carrots, chopped (if huge then quarter and chop)
4 stalks celery — leaves welcomed — chopped
Everything into the soaking beans and water….  And add seasonings:
1 t garlic salt (I don’t add salt until the end), 2 T cumin, 1 T pepper,
and as we like heat, 1/2 t dry crushed chipotle chili peppers

Cooked about 2 hours — but until I get the hang of this I say check every 30 minutes.

Later, salt and pepper to taste!

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Kamala’s Red Bowl

        
Kamala was a smart tuxedo gurl kitty
who lived on our deck for many years.

We think she was abandoned by the previous tenants,
and she was fascinated by
our houseful of cats,
but careful.  She talked to
our indoor cats, and sometimes she hung close to Mitchell if
he was doing outside work.
We made sure she was warm
in winter and had food
and clean water, but she
just would not venture indoors.  When we were
ready to move to Portland,
we told the other cats
they better get her in
so she could move with us.

Sure enough, it somehow worked.  We were calling her daily, explaining we wanted her to come with us, we didn’t want to leave her behind.  Govinda also sat and called to her from the bedroom, and stopped hissing when she came close.  Finally one day Mitchell walked outside on the deck and she literally ran and jumped into his arms.  She got along with everyone!  We took her to our vet, got her cleaned up and vaccinated (she was healthy) and she moved with us to Portland!

She was a grand cat, who adored Mitchell;
Now she is the girl behind the red bowl!

Announcing my new card line!

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Rona2: Rancho Gordo Yellow Eye Beans

*sigh*

My first failure, sorta…

Yellow Eye Bean did
not deserve that!
I put the beans in water to soak and forgot them and
they soaked a LONG time,
too long. I also put the wrong liquids in the pot (I was
saving to put over chicken) and ended up with too
much pot liquor. It didn’t
have time to really mellow and cook cuz the beans were DONE in a blink!

A lesson for me in how fresh beans can easily cook fast if soaked!

The beans tasted okay once I drained them of a lot of their liquid…
I saved the green chili liquid and froze some in an ice cube tray to pop into rice,
and will use some of the funny liquid over roasted chicken leftovers.

We paired the beans with corn and salsa and dipped corn chips
into the mess and it was actually a good dinner.

These are gorgeous beans!

Of course, as they cook they loose their vibrant colors.
I am falling in love with a stream of beans on a lovely sketch page.

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Giveaway! Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book and more!


GIVEAWAY!

Two new Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Books will be given away with
other goodies!  One A5 landscape each, in each colors, grey or warm beige.
I am also offering a full size Fineline Masking Fluid with both tips and surprise goodies!

To enter, sign you name below in the comments section
(making sure that the email address associated with your signature is current —
some of you use dummy accounts and if so, you will not get my email)
or follow me on Instagram and tag me under the Giveaway posting there!
One entry per name…  Packages will be sent out priority USPS
— you need an accepting address.  Sorry, USA residents only.

Winners will be chosen by random draw on
the Solstice, Saturday, June 20th,
and announced that evening!


For my reviews, go here:
Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour Book
and Fineline Masking Fluid.


Below, showing how well Fineline Masking Fluid
works on Toned Watercolor Paper!

Hahnemühle is working to get the new product in stores across America
(Covid-19 slowed the rollouts everywhere).
In the USA at this time they are sold at: Wet Paint,
In Canada: Gwartzman’s Art Supply in Toronto, and
Above Ground in Toronto.
Fineline Masking Fluid is reliably found on Amazon.

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Rona on Grey, VSW Poppy Fields France


Virtual sketching in France this month, courtesy Annette Morris!

Two images of poppy fields pulled me and I thought to combine them,
One detailed and one a distant landscape.


I masked some areas with Fineline Masking Fluid, and
used Super5 Frankfurt for grisaille undertones.


I am pushing for brighter deeper pigmented watercolors now.

I am a bit unhappy with the middle section of overworked green bushes in shadow;
Otherwise, a good start as I do more watercolors than ink paintings!

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