Aquabord 2

7/28/2011 02:43:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 10 Comments »
Well, I managed to scrub the paint off the path in order to improve on it.  The scrubbing went just fine - the paint came off easily just using a rather soft brush and water.  Even the staining color almost completely rubbed off, much to my surprise.  After that, I let it dry completely and then started to noodle around with it.  While there's some things I like better in this version, I'm still not happy with it.  I'm troubled by the following things:  the right side has much more detail than the left in the foreground, and it looks unbalanced;  the darkness around the tall red flowers doesn't work very well;  while I like the "stones" in the path better as far as perspective goes, they're boring; and last, the greenery on the right foreground reminds me of army camouflage. 

I'm going to let it sit for awhile (maybe a long while, who knows!), and go downstairs and make the marinade for Beef in Flatbread (that's what we call it).  It's very tasty, easy and quick to make.  What could be better?  After marinating the beef, it gets cooked in butter (or whatever) quickly over a fairly high heat, then served in flatbread with diced cucumbers and Greek yogurt (or sour cream, whichever you prefer) on top.  You could also put diced tomatoes on, if you want.  Want the recipe?  Here it is:

About 3/4 lb sirloin steak (or some other tender cut) cut into pieces about 2" x 1/4"
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tsp oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

Diced cucumbers, pita bread,  plain yogurt (or sour cream)

Mix together all the marinade ingredients, put the meat and the marinade in a zipper bag and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.  When ready to eat, heat butter (or oil, or a mixture of the 2) in a frying pan over medium high heat.  Drain the meat & toss the marinade out.  Sear the meat (it will snap and pop at you ... I advise having someone else do the cooking since you did the prep).  Serve with pita bread, diced cucumbers, and yogurt.

Ok, I almost forgot .... here's the watercolor:


Vicki Holdwick said...

Hi Nancy,

I do like the path better and have no problem with the rest of it. I do not mind at all that the right side has greater detail than the left - I think it adds lots of interest to that right side.


bettyfromtexas said...

It's lovely!

Sara Light-Waller said...

What do you think of the Aquabord Nancy? I think I like it. :-)

There's a book of watercolor painting techniques specifically for landscapes that might be of use to you. It's called "The Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor" by John Shaw and Ferdinand Petrie.
I hope you don't mind the suggestion but that book continues to be very useful to me for my watercolor painting and I thought it might be for you too. :-) Sara

Alex said...

This is so cool!

debra morris said...

Lovely work Nancy, like this version the best

Dan Kent said...

I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about - I think it is great as it is! And done! Very well done!

Cathy Holtom said...

Sounds like a good receipe, I feel hungry!
You improved the watercolour a lot, perhaps you could wet & soften the green going down the path & let it fade into the distance?

Anonymous said...

I like it that the right side has more than the left, I think if it were more equal it would look too balanced, a bit boring? This way looks more interesting and makes you follow the path to the left...well, to me anyway! And recipe sounds yummy! I do a similar pitta bread but with spicy chicken, bit of paprika and cayenne on it, quickly fried or grilled and served the same way or with some rocket! I'm hungry now...!

Anonymous said...

I like your painting very much, and perhaps when you come back to it after a break, you will be happy with it too :) Your recipe sounds delicious, and I am soooo looking forward to being able to cook again once the kitchen re-fit is finished!

Ann said...

Your painting is perfect! Don't touch it! I love it the way it is :-) And thanks for the recipe, it sounds tasty and just how I like to cook, simple and quick. I'm going to copy it to print out and try.