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An answer to a prayer

About a year ago I discovered an answer to a prayer.

I was trying to figure out how to get food to a relative in another city, actually another state halfway across the country. I had researched grocery delivery and restaurant delivery when I stumbled upon MagicKitchen.com. Yes, this is an endorsement! They have delivered prepackaged meals which were delicious, nutritious and reasonably priced to my loved one. From mushroom ravioli to osso buco to crab cakes to salmon to tomato basil bisque and various flatbreads to raspberry rhubarb pie and ricotta cheesecake.  My loved one, actually all of my loved ones are used to good quality and good tasting foods.

These are a huge hit. I really wish I had discovered this company when my children could have used some of their dear old mom’s cooking while in college.

With all of this in mind I did a little painting for MagicKitchen.com. I felt like the food magically showed up at the doorstep when I couldn’t be there to cook for my loved one.

Thank you MagicKitchen.com
Thank you MagicKitchen.com

If you are trying to find a way to send some delicious food to a loved one try them out. Whether it is an elderly person (like grandparents), a busy person who needs a hand (like our children with their first jobs or college schedules) or just somebody you want to do something nice for (like a friend, somebody having a birthday, a favorite teacher, or somebody who is ill) go to the MagicKitchen.com website and create your own package or choose a bundle they have designed for all variety of tastes and dietary needs. It will arrive cold and ready for cooking or freezing.

Yum, getting hungry checking out their latest collection of meals.

 

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Rendering

A rendering can be defined as a translation, depiction or melting down of fat.

The architectural renderings I have been working on for a friend in real estate could be all of those. I have depicted my own translation of what I think can be boiled down to be the most important elements in a home’s architecture and surroundings.

Florida Beach House pen and ink, 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
Florida Beach House
pen and ink, 4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

It has been interesting to study these lovely homes and capture the essence of what makes each an individual. I believe most people think of their homes as having a soul. They weather the storms with us.

Florida Beach House pen and ink, color pencil 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
Florida Beach House
pen and ink, color pencil
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

They shelter us from wars and fear.

House in Chenonceaux pen and ink, color pencil, 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
House in Chenonceaux
pen and ink, color pencil,
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

Regardless of the side we are on.

German Chapel pen and ink, colored pencil 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
German Chapel
pen and ink, colored pencil
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

Regardless of the era, century or part of the world.

King William house San Antonio pen and ink, color pencil, 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
King William house San Antonio
pen and ink, color pencil,
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

We take shelter in our homes, they are our refuge.

King William house San Antonio pen and ink 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
King William house San Antonio
pen and ink
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

They are our friends and part of our family. It is sad to leave them, exciting to move to a new one.

Montana house pen and ink, color pencil 5" x 7", copyright ECR 2013
Montana house
pen and ink, color pencil
5″ x 7″, copyright ECR 2013

Nice to take a break in a friend’s home. Put up our feet and relax and get a fresh perspective on where we have come from and where we are going.

North Carolina porch pen and ink, color pencil 4" x 6", copyright ECR 2013
North Carolina porch
pen and ink, color pencil
4″ x 6″, copyright ECR 2013

A big thank you to my friends who have shared their homes with graciousness and hospitality. The warmth your homes breathe is put there by you and your family. What an incredible gift to live in a love filled home.

4″ x 6″ renderings matted and framed to 10″ x 12″are available for $125.00. Renderings packaged with mat in polypropolene art bags are $100.00. Shipping in the United States is approximately $14.00. For more information you can contact me at beth@bethrommel.com. Quick turn around between 48-72 hours is typical. Drawings in this post are samples and not for sale.

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Breathe Deep

After yesterday’s horrific events at the Boston Marathon I think doing a post including a piece of art that could be sold would be inappropriate.

Therefore I am including a photo of a painting that was sold several years ago to one of my New Orleans classmates. A big thank you to him for taking this lady to a new home and letting her deliver her message to his family.

Lady of the Night Mind copyright ECR 2013
Lady of the Night Mind
copyright ECR 2013
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Material Witness

Looking for a little social contact with women who have a common interest I  joined the Georgia chapter of Women’s Caucus for the Arts.  The recent meeting where we shared our artwork was wonderful. Several people mentioned creating work for an upcoming show entitled Material Witness.

This show is to bring attention to the alarming numbers of women and children being trafficked in the world. Atlanta is a capital for this activity.

Around the same time I had a meeting with  Michael Allen Austin who encouraged me to enter some illustration competitions. Michael is a very talented award winning artist whose work and opinions I respect. His work can be viewed here, I guarantee you will be wowed!

So the fire was lit. I took out a canvas and oil paint and got busy. The deadline was looming, 4 days. The ideas flowed.

Hung Out to Dry is the result of this confluence of ideas, meetings, and materials.

Hung Out to Dry. 16" x 20" oilcopyright ECR 2013
Hung Out to Dry. 16″ x 20″ oil
copyright ECR 2013

The houses and trees are sentinels in the background.

Detailcopyright ECR 2013
Detail
copyright ECR 2013

They have silently witnessed what has happened.

Detailcopyright ECR 2013
Detail
copyright ECR 2013

The girls innocence is portrayed in their white dresses. I believe the work speaks for itself so the less I write the better.