Saturday, June 30, 2012

Braving The Weather

          Braving the weather was the rule of the evening. First the winds whipped through, and as I watched them from the top of the hill I felt I was looking at some of the dust storms we use to have in Egypt. I couldn't see the bottom of the street, let alone downtown, everything was a grayish white. Next came the rain. We were lucky up here on the hill, no one injured, power still on and cars undamaged. Only 2 trees down and a lot of small limbs and leaves, all in all, not as bad as other places. So... with this in mind, a big Thank You to the visitors who dared to venture down to the Pendleton last night. I love talking with everyone who stopped by the studio and hope you will stop back for the July Final Friday.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

"End Of The Month Special "

                           End Of The Month Special
It's that time of the month again. Hard to believe that June is almost over. The artist of the Pendleton Art Center will hold their monthly Final Friday Open House this Friday; from 6 to 10 pm. Hope you can stop by and check out all the great new pieces of art.

Suzzanna Frank
Studio 803A 
Pendleton Art Center

Friday, June 22, 2012

Peace and Quiet; a colorful new painting by S'anna

Oil painting of an Italian country home

Peace and Quiet
Oil on Museum Quality Panel

I can see myself sitting in a soft, comfortable lawn chair enjoying
the shade cast by this old villa.
Taking in the peace and quiet that is everywhere.
Of course I will have my favorite book
to enjoy, along with that 
perfect glass of my favorite 
red wine.
On the table next to my chair
 is a bowl of  fresh peaches
 in water to keep them cool.
a perfect way to relax 
after this mornings visit 
to the local 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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oil on archival panel 8" x 10"

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pear Alone,

Pear Alone
Fine Art Print
This print is available in a 5"x5" size
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This bread always turns out so moist and delicious. It is perfect with the Spicy Pear Preserves posted the other day. Enjoy !



1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups pears--peeled,cored and chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 teas. vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teas. baking soda
1 teas. baking powder
1 teas. salt
1 teas. ground cinnamon
1/2 teas. ground nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. lightly grease two  8x4 inch loaf pans.
2. In a lg. mixing bowl combine sugar,eggs,oil.and beat well. Stir in the vanilla, pears, and pecans.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour,baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the pear mixture; mix well. Pour mixture into prepared pans.
4. Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Allow the loaves to cool for 10 min. before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

***** In order to cut back on the fat from the oil, you can substitute 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 cup of the oil. The bread is still moist, but fewer calories.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Red Pear, a new painting by S'anna

With all the pears I have been painting recently, I had quite a few in the house to eat. I thought I would share some of my favorite Pear recipes. Below is the recipe for Spicy Pear Preserves. This my neighbor Kelly's favorite preserves. I'll be making a whole lot more as soon as the pears ripen this fall. This is great on regular bread,(my favorite is freshly baked Italian) and on walnut bread. Just the smell of it cooking fills the whole house with a wonderful aroma. I hope you will enjoy!

If you have any favorite recipes for Pears I hope you will share them with us.

oil painting of red pear
Oil on Stretched Gallery Canvas


Spicy Pear Preserves
 This preserve truly lives up to its name. The allspice
 and nutmeg create a special taste and aroma.

6 cups peeled,cored, and sliced pears
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 package of powdered fruit pectin
8 cups white sugar
11/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar

1. Sterilize jars in boiling water for 10 minutes. Sterilize lids in a warm water bath for 10 minutes. Allow both to simmer while preparing the preserve.
2. In a large saucepan, mix  pears, water and lemon. Cover and allow to to simmer for 10 minutes. Using a potato masher break down the pears as they simmer.
3. Stir in the white sugar and bring back to a boil, stirring for one minute. Make sure sugar is dissolved.
4. Remove from heat, stir in brown sugar,allspice and nutmeg.
5. Quickly fill jars  leaving 1/2 inch space at the top. wipe rims clean and top with the lids. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars and allow to set undisturbed for 24 hours.
6. Check to see all jars are sealed.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Portraits Of Love

For years I have grown a good deal of my own vegetables and herbs in raised beds where I live. During the summer I would always have a bowl on the table full of what I had picked that morning. The winter months brought all the produce that I had caned, frozen or dried. The taste was good, but I always missed the sight of the fresh mix on the table. I have two great passions in my life; painting and growing and cooking fresh food. My portraits of fruits and vegetables has added a whole new level of enjoyment. This is the  perfect marriage of the two things I enjoy the most. I hope you enjoy my portraits and the many recipes I have tried. If you have any recipes that you would like to share, I would be most grateful. I'm always ready to try something new.


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oil painting of a warm, golden pear
Golden Pear
Oil on Gallery Stretched Canvas



Friday, June 15, 2012

Great Intentions, putting them into reality!

I decided that this summer I would spend my time working in the studio. Usually I have great intentions to do just that, and then, get involved in other projects. By the time I return to school I have only a few paintings completed and find myself always rushed, trying to get things ready for the Holiday Shows and family, not to mention the daily demands of teaching.

Completed this Summer

With this goal in front of me I have set up a daily routine. I have committed five days a week to painting and working in the studio. These days can be any five of the week, just as long as there are five total. ( first week and a half so good). I want to spend no less than four hours a day actually painting.( this has not been a problem so far,find myself spending more time than this). Then at least three hours a day working on marketing, paper work, etc. This is where the trouble begins. I feel like I'm being pulled in many different directions. As soon as I sit down to the computer, time seems to fly. I need to;  yes, you can go ahead and scream, Create A List Of Priorities. Here is where the problem lies. What direction do I start in first? I need to:

  • Upload and post daily on my Blog (Art by S'anna)
  • Make sure I comment and post on Facebook and Page
  • Create a new Website (cancelled the old one, really bad)
  • Develop a data system for tracking paintings ; in galleries, at studio, sold, etc.
  • Write and send out Newsletter (very time consuming)
  • Add a whole lot more I haven't even thought of.

I am, as always, open to suggestions.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Green Pear #1

oil painting of green pear
Green Pear
Oil on Stretched Gallery  Canvas



I decided since I was just finishing the first series of three pears, 
that I would go ahead and
wrap-up the second series.
These next three pieces are done on 
Gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
They look really great
with the 9x12 
Rosy Pear.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Purple Cone Flowers, new painting by S'anna

Oil painting of purple cone flowers against blue gray background
Oil on Museum Quality Panel


These flowers always bring a smile to my face.
 I love the colors and the way they drop. 
The bees and butterflies
just love them too.

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