“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” ― Bill Meyer
Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Gouache on 190lb Hotpress Paper
Most of this piece was done with pen and ink, the apples are rendered with watercolor and gouache. I wanted the stark lines with black and white to pop the one color I use in this painting. This is also my favorite way to decorate my kitchen. Dirt can’t hide when everything is black and white!
14 x 11, mixed media paper, watercolor, gouache, pen, and ink.
Goldeen is a white, fish-like Pokémon with orange markings on its tail, back, and fins.
Seaking is a large, orange, fish-like Pokémon. It has billowing caudal and pectoral fins, all of which are white specked with black.
Magikarp is a medium-sized fish Pokémon with large, heavy reddish-orange scales. It has large, vacant eyes and pink lips.
All Blacks Rugby Team
I started this painting back in 2016 and put the painting aside. I struggled to start the painting again….until….I changed the background. The flow came back and I changed brush strokes on the face and shirt. I’m happy with the painting, it’s finished. Well, maybe I clean up the lines on the right arm…😂😂😂😂
This painting is a birthday gift to a man who gives back to the community as Tulsa’s Rugby coach. He also helps troubled youth through coaching youth rugby. He is a good friend to our family as well. coach
48 x 24, acrylic on cotton canvas, 2017
Common Blue Mallow : Malva sylvestris Tea
14 x 11 inches, mixed media paper, watercolor and gouache
Depending on the Mallow plants environment it can be an annual, biennial or perennial, with the ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions. I think the plant passes it’s strength onto those who eat it for medicine or food, we get to absorb some of the chemicals that make this herb able to withstand extreme environments. Much like the Stinging Nettle, the Common Mallow is one of the first plants up in the spring and one of the last plants to wilt from hard frost, unlike the Stinging Nettle, which can’t handle frost.
The Wild Mallow plant is so hardy it can take root in just about any abandon area from sandy soil to hard clay. It has a long taproot, which aggressively seeks out nutrients and water. The Mallow or Malva comes from a very large family of plants called Malvaceae, a few plants are familiar to me like okra, hibiscus and cotton.
From stem to seed, all the parts of the mallow are edible, including their green leaves, which act as an anti-inflammatory agent, a mild laxative, soothes raw throats and helps clear congestion from the lungs and sinuses.
From the Romans like Pliny the mallow was used as a juice taken daily to prevent almost all illnesses known in their time. Many people in Europe throughout its long history have used mallow for food and medicine, the herb was known to sooth what ails you. In China Mallow was cultivated as a vegetable as far back as pre-Han dynasty.
The Blue Mallow is related to the Althaea Officinalis species that is cultivated for its root, which has mucilaginous substances and used by common folk to relieve sore throats, coughing, and asthmatic symptoms.
Long ago the Egyptians figured out how to extract the mucilage and transform it into our first marshmallows. The extracted mucilage substance was cooked and whipped with sugar, which was allowed to dry into a white, chewy, sweet candy.
Foraging for mallow you only need a few leaves to make a large meal for salad or steamed greens. If you gather more leaves than you need you can store them in a plastic bag in your refrigerator where they will last as long as a bunch of collard leaves. That is how hardy they are!
You can use the leaves in your favorite green smoothy recipe, they have a mild astringent taste, the wild common mallow has a bit of a bitter after taste compared to its relatives that we see in our gardens.
You can pick the flowers and let them dry, especially the blue mallow flowers, which hold onto their color and pass on their beautiful blue color to your tea.
Bring 16 oz of water to a boil, add 2 tablespoons of dried mallow flowers, let boil for two minutes and sieve out the flowers when serving. You can add anything you want to this tea, including other herbs and fruit, like mint and lemon balm with some honey.
Watercolor and Gouache Painting With Tea Recipe
Honey Lavender Tea:
- Lavender bush from my Oregon herb garden.
- 3 tablespoons of freshly cut flowers, dice 8 cups of boiling water, remove from heat set aside.Sweeten to taste with honey.
Add diced flowers and stems to the hot water. Let sit for 10 minutes, strain out flowers and serve.
1 tablespoon of Fresh flowers diced or 1 tablespoon of dried flowers crush.
1 cup of hot water
Add flowers to your water steep for 5 minutes, strain out flowers.
Health Benefits of Lavender:
Bloating, relieves stress, reduce inflammation, improves mood, helps sooth skin irritation, prevents infections, relieves itchy scalp, has anti-fungal properties.
Grown in my Oregon garden, Lavandula angustifolia or common garden variety lavender.
Lavender is easy to grow, the plant needs lots of sunlight and well-drained soil. I have read you need slightly alkaline soil but I never tested mine and my seedlings were very happy.
Prep the dirt so it is weed free and there is no danger of frost, the seedlings like warm weather, around 70 degrees, so maybe start your seeds inside first if you can’t wait for the warm weather.Lavender seeds are really tiny, I mix mine with sand if I’m just throwing seeds in the ground.
It’s easier to plant them in little peat pots, you have more control over germination and you can see the sprouts when they come up.
Important thing to remember, don’t over water the peat pots. I use a spray bottle to keep the pots moist until germination occurs.
You need good air circulation sprouting seeds inside, I use a little fan placed near my peat pots to keep the bugs and fungus at bay.
Depending on how warm the seed’s environment is, it will take 4-6 weeks to germinate. Once the seedling reaches a couple of inches in height you can transplant, peat pot and all into a bigger container or to your garden.