Sometime in the Fall of 2009, MaryBeth Shaw invited me to be part of a most wonderful book she was putting together. It was going to have a focus on the love of mixed media and cooking.
Hello. Mixed media and cooking? Um, yes.
But then, when I truly sat down and thought about how I didn’t have a moment to so much as flutter my eyelashes since that was RIGHT when I was designing/launching the new RDC site, the new SAW site– which had FIVE session offerings, and oh yeah– was up to my ears in the creation of a most wonderful book*– I had to decline. And MaryBeth was all–“oh you have until January”– which somehow made me think I COULD make it happen (which in truth, I totally couldn’t, but then– hey ho– looks like I did!)
Go MaryBeth! I nominate you for best cheerleader of the year award.
So, the premise of the book was absolutely irresistible to me– as you can well imagine. And for you long time bluepoppy readers, you will not be surprised that I offered up a recipe for (blue hubbard) squash soup and a mixed media piece that began with the inspiration of a blue gourd.
The recipe was inspired by a soup I had in Montreal when Christine and I visited Jeanine. What’s especially memorable for me now is that I made this soup (for 40 people!) this past October at the by the sea session. **
Yes, I actually packed two giant blue hubbard squashes into my car when I drove down to OBX. You might wonder if I was worried that they would all hate it and the sink would be full of rejected soup and I would be faced with finding a way with getting rid of two huge pots of soup (you know, legally)– and you would be right. I was.
Weirdest thing? People loved it. We didn’t have a drop left– go figure. (Of course, I attribute it entirely to the inspired elegance of Amy who chose to serve the soup in
champagne martini glasses! Who could resist that?
My point being– this recipe has deep meaning for me. And I am thrilled beyond measure to be included in this book’s stellar line-up.
First, did you know MaryBeth was one of my teachers at Artfest? She was. And she has been a fixture at SAW because I am not the only devoted fan she has. MaryBeth’s style of teaching is exactly what I love most: loose, fun, exploratory– but with excellent structure underlying the class.
She always plays the BEST soundtrack– omg, the best. She also brings no inflated “I’m a teacher” ego to the room. She shares with you how she is always learning too– point in fact– look how she just immersed herself into encaustics. She always wants to be at SAW whether she is teaching or not– and that speaks volumes to me.
She is awesome and this book is FABULOUS. Seriously– just. so. yummy.
It is divided into sections color, texture, etc and then each section has a few guest artists who share a specific technique that pertains to the section and a favorite recipe (if they cook, that is– some share their love of cold cereal– which we can ALL relate to).
Did you happen to notice Misty Mawn is featured? And Sarah Ahearn? Yeah– nothing like being in superstar company. Seriously– some of the other amazing artists included in this book are Judy Wise, Dolan Geiman, Katie Kendrick, Heather Haymart, Tonia Davenport and so many others!
And now the part you have been waiting for! MaryBeth is giving away one copy of this amazing book– All you have to do is go over to her website and leave a comment that says, “me! me! mine!” (or, you know– some variation thereof). The drawing will be on Friday.
Also, I am giving away the artwork that was featured.
It is 11.5″x14.5″x2″ mixed media on canvas.
If you want to be entered into the drawing for the artwork– simply leave a comment here. I will enlist the help of an objective 3rd party and do a drawing on Friday afternoon. (Only comments left by noon on Friday, February 25th, 2011 will be eligible)
Of course, the smartest thing you could do is buy the book and dive in and start making your own fabulous pieces– you will find endless inspiration in this wonderful collection– I assure you.
** ha ha — look what Noel just emailed to me– a photo of me in OBX prepping the squash for the soup– oh, what a fun weekend that was . .. sigh