Monday, January 31, 2011

Art

http://stephmattart.blogspot.com/

Above is the link to my art blog. I have been actively working on drawing and sketching so that I get back to basics when producing paintings. I love to paint and I love colour but sometimes it is necessary to go back to the bear bones and start over. I have been wanting to create art but I wanted to do something that I could do on a daily basis instead of a paining that can take weeks and months to complete.

On my art blog you can see most recent blogs have been about he drawings much earlier you will see my paintings. I also intend to do more photography.

So please check it out at: http://stephmattart.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 14, 2011

Reading Frenzy

I am currently reading like a 'mad hatter', not really sure that is a good comparison but tough. I am trying to read some of the classics, the ones I should have read earlier in my little life. I have read Jayne Eyre and I am currently reading a book of Thomas Hardy, he is an extraordinary writer I have never read anything like it. I only wish I had studied literature when I was at college but instead I did art only. Anyway, after reading dear Henry's book I intend to read Charles Dickens which again, I have left far too long.

Reading the classics makes a big difference to extending your language but it is lovely to read books that are not produced just for a quick 'buck'. All these chick lits, which I enjoy at times, are not a patch on the likes of Dickens.

It seems a pity to me that the English language is changing and has changed with the use of technology Acronyms drive me insane and the fact that I read so many blogs and a simple words like, see you later, has been butchered to, c u L8R, or something to that effect. Well I can tell you my children will know how to read, spell and know how to write a letter before they take to this 'new' language.

Cooking Shows

I thoroughly enjoy watching cooking shows. Nigella Lawson being my favourite, Jaime Oliver when he started out and now I am watching Sophie Dahl.

Sophie Dahl brings a little something to the table that you can not help but watch. She is not like Nigella, even though the press seem to think she is. I can see why they say that but really, Nigella loves to cook, it's her passion. Sophie on the other hand seems to like cooking and is somewhat clumsy around the kitchen and she is less sophisticated somehow but she brings a girly innocent quality to the table and for that I enjoy watching her. I love how she calls her date, the 'Suiter', how splendid to hear language that is rarely used these days, or at least not where I was brought up. Some of her recipes seem appetizing like the un-traditional shepherds pie, not a fan of rhubarb so the Eaton Mess will be left in its original state, for me at least.

Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights
Picture courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

I am not a food snob by any stretch of the imagination but I like good food, from cheese on toast (with good cheese and bread) to a lovely cooked pheasant. I do not think Sophie should be criticised for using something other than lamb in her shepherds pie (even though it should really be called cottage pie if using beef) we all make mistakes, OK it is not traditional but I think that is the point to her show, she adds or subtracts something new with what already exists. It will not stop me from buying her book - oh no.

The decision should be left to your taste buds.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Where is the time going? It will be my birthday soon too - arggh!

Christmas was quiet this year my in-laws visited which was nice. I have not seen my parents for almost a year now, sad to say.

I hope this year is a better year, another tough year but I think it will work out for the best come 2012. I do hope the house sells quickly at the price we want for it and we get to visit Las Vegas and New York on our way back to England.

First and foremost I wish to be close to friends and family that is my focus for this year.