Friday, January 07, 2011

Finding Inspiration

First watercolor of 2011! Inspired by our trip downtown.
Watercolor & acrylic ink on Twinrocker paper. 6" x 8"
I Love Lentils
Playing around with my lentils while picking for little stones.
They really are my favorite food :)
I'm curious...what's your all time favorite food?
***I also LOVE this L-O-V-E by Dawn

70 Lovely Comments:

Blogger Claud said...

Hummmm....that's not an easy question to answer. I have way too many favorites to pick just one. But I guess Mexican and Asian foods are pretty high on the list. But a good black bean soup with rice, avocado, cheese and masitas also makes my knees weak.

1/07/2011 1:51 PM  
Blogger vanya'sArt said...

I love soups with a lot of vegetables and lentil soup is one of my favourite.Just had some for lunch today.Beautiful bird.Love the colors.

1/07/2011 1:53 PM  
Anonymous gardenmama said...

i really love pink yellow and orange paired together. What a beautiful building and lovely painting! hmmm... favorite food? anything fresh from the garden.

1/07/2011 2:14 PM  
Blogger BunTine said...

Oh I love lentils too, but I prefer the black ones called kaviar lentils. Prepaired as a salad with different sorts of vegetables like corn, paprika, celery, cucumber, salt, pepper, oil and much balsamico vinegar.

1/07/2011 2:29 PM  
Blogger Eden said...

That's easy......CHOCOLATE!!

1/07/2011 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Moose said...

mom feeds me the last part of the Banana ... i love them.
Tail wags + bananas for all.

PS..Turbo should give them a try.

1/07/2011 2:34 PM  
Blogger Patty Biermans said...

My favourit food is a speciality of my hometown in Holland and it's a kind of pie we call "vlaai" and my favourit is ricepie or "rijstevlaai". Next time I make it I will make a tutorial for you, so you can make it yourself. It's delicious! MMMMMMMM....yammie.

1/07/2011 2:40 PM  
Blogger mooi hoor... said...

Wonderful how the birds colours follow the colours of the house!

Hmm favorite food - I really don't know. Gazpacho? Fresh baguette with butter. Or Camembert. Home made crumble apple pie? A good mango? Prawns and garlic bread? Fresh brezn and a beer? my husbands birmese curry? Pralines?Impossible to say...lentils are delicious as well. They do belong on the list! ;)

1/07/2011 2:42 PM  
Blogger mooi hoor... said... does rijstevlaai....

1/07/2011 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

Beautiful bird!
My favorite food is bread. LOL. Sourdough is my favorite bread!

1/07/2011 2:52 PM  
Blogger ale said...

feliz año geninne!! que lindo empezar llena de colores y tanta alegría!!!
mis comidas preferidas son muuuchas!!!qué gorrrda!! pero el top 10 estan los ALCAUCILES!!!!,el pastel de papas!!,mtambrito de cerdo a la parrilla con mucho limon! y un buen asadito!!si,y en invierno las lentejas!!!! besos enoooormes y todo mi cariño!

1/07/2011 2:52 PM  
Blogger TIKA said...

I love watermelons.

Lovely bird, reminds me of summertime. Summertime and watermelons = I hardly wait

1/07/2011 3:06 PM  
Blogger Clara said...

I love so many kinds of food! But if I had to choose, then I'd definitely go with aubergines. I could eat them every single day!
Happy new year! I LOVE the colors on the little bird :)

1/07/2011 3:06 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Lovely bird. We must be on the same wavelength as I just completed an art journal spread using magenta and yellow for my background. As for favourite foods - Prawn Vindaloo served over rice!! I also love a mix of roasted veggies. YUM!

1/07/2011 3:16 PM  
Blogger alba guiluz said...

es gracioso ver las diferencias entre gustos!!
mmmm no sabría decidirme, pero seguramente el queso/cohocolate, uno de los dos!!!


1/07/2011 3:31 PM  
Blogger nadiine said...

im really loving chicken and vegetable soup lately :) yummy!
LOVE your first piece of the year cant wait to see more x

1/07/2011 3:42 PM  
Blogger naoma* said...

Uff that is a hard one.... but I would have to go with Creamy Mashed potatoes... so delicious plus a great comfort food!! :)

Thanks for all the lovely photos!

1/07/2011 4:10 PM  
Blogger se7en said...

Oh beautiful!!! Even when you sort lentils its beautiful!!! I would love to know how your notebook is going and don't say it is already in the mail!!! We began ours today (I know living on the edge and leaving it till the last minute!!) and had so much fun!!! I reckon if we manage a couple of pages a day we may just make it in time!!!

1/07/2011 4:14 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Hansen said...

wow...that's hard to answer...there's so many. I would say french fries but I rarely eat them cuz they're so unhealthy(but totally delicious!!) then i guess it would be avocados.

1/07/2011 4:19 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

i was going to say whatever you are making but really it is curry anything.

1/07/2011 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Adamandia K. said...

Are you going to make the tree branch sky blue?

1/07/2011 4:30 PM  
Blogger P a b l o Acosta said...

Cualquier cosa que lleve queso!

1/07/2011 4:53 PM  
Anonymous susanintexas said...

I love those colors!! I hope it'll be a print in your shop.
favorite = ben & jerry's New York Super Fudge Crunch. so gooood (and baaaad too)--favorite healthy food would be sun warmed cherries straight from the tree.

1/07/2011 5:04 PM  
Blogger Virginia Crandall said...

Do you mean besides chocolate or ice cream? I think my favorite
food is a juicy, red grapefruit with a light sprinkle of salt. YUM!!!

Geninne, I love your birds. I am a birder (birderwatcher) who has traveled to Central and South America, and the many tanagers I have seen there remind me of your beautiful birds. Your art and lovely home are an inspiration that if enjoy every time I visit your blog. THANKS.

1/07/2011 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Playing with your food is fun! My favorite (right now) is feta cheese!

Beautiful illustration Geninne.


1/07/2011 6:13 PM  
Blogger Spiral Dyed Downunder said...

I love this one- beautiful.
Could you please put a favorite lentil recipe up?

1/07/2011 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Maren said...

Love the color Geninne.
Around here everything is icy white and bitter cold.
Burgess says "hey".
He sings parts of Frosty the snowman now, and Rudolph along with bits of La Cucaracha.
He also calls for "Tigger!" one of our dogs, very funny.
One of our favorite foods is ham and white bean soup simmered all night in the oven, it is so rich and good, especially with homemade bread.

1/07/2011 6:59 PM  
Anonymous leni said...

who knew lentils on a counter could be so beautiful?!

1/07/2011 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Christine d'Anecdotes said...

Books are my favourite food... or more seriously, shrimps or crab with melted butter and lemon juice. Yummy !

1/08/2011 1:20 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

Yumm! Lentils! It would be so awesome to know your fave recipe with them! I'm new to cooking with them and looking for good tried and true ideas!
My favorite food is my home made hummus. I seriously can pass up ice cream and just have hummus instead.
Love your blog!

1/08/2011 1:21 AM  
Blogger Red Hen (dette) said...

I agree lentils are delicious, well worth the sorting and when you can make pretty photos from them all the better. I love the colours of that building.

1/08/2011 3:23 AM  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

How do you prepare your lentils?

1/08/2011 5:27 AM  
Blogger rossichka said...

Hello! I've been visiting your blog from not so long. I haven't commented yet, but now I want to say how much I like your pieces of art - all beautiful, elegant and vigorous! Your word "love" provoked me to write just now. I've "written" it, too, but with... rice! Here...
If you are interested, just click the label "cooking" in my blog.:)

1/08/2011 5:42 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Let's see...chocolate, cheese, peanut butter, bacon, avocados, steak. That should do it. Oh, and of course, pizza, but I try not to eat it too often, because I try to eat low-carb.

It's snowing here again. I'm going to try and think of your sunny pictures all day.

1/08/2011 7:47 AM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

gorgeous colors! maybe someday i can travel that way and experience it in person...just beautiful...

1/08/2011 8:15 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

you inspire me.

1/08/2011 8:37 AM  
Blogger catja said...

I love your lentil love :-) And food? Hm, I like almost everything, so I can´t choose one for lunch or dinner but I prefer yoghurt and cereals for breakfast and mozarella with tomato, basil and olive oil for snack :-)

1/08/2011 9:04 AM  
Blogger ariadne said...

We make a simple lentil soup here with a bit of garlic,chopped onion,chopped carrot and potato, tomato sauce,salt,pepper,olive oil. How do you cook your lentils?Ariadne from Greece!

1/08/2011 9:42 AM  
Blogger Artes da Cris said...

My favourite food is fruits, specially fresh figs, mangos, sweetsop (annona squamosa), blackberry, passionfruit, and goes on...
Beautiful blog!Love your city!
Ana from BRASIL

1/08/2011 9:43 AM  
Blogger Carolee said...

Beautiful! I think my favorite food is chocolate (as evidenced by my goddess sized figure, hehe) :)

~ Carolee

1/08/2011 10:20 AM  
Blogger Annie of Blue Gables said...

I don't have a down town that is that colorful. How nice.

1/08/2011 10:27 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

I think living with sun and colour must be so inspiring, not to mention being fun and lovely!

My favourite food is potatoes. They can be cooked so many ways, they are filling and nourishing, I could just go ion for ever!!!

1/08/2011 11:08 AM  
Blogger Wendy ten Hove said...

Love the colors of your bird! Looks awesome! Fabulous start of 2011!

Hugs, Wendy

1/08/2011 11:11 AM  
OpenID Yvonne Stehle said...

That' an easy one: Potatoes in all variations! I can never get enough of them.
And this colour etude is wonderful!

1/08/2011 11:14 AM  
Blogger Lludria said...

La tortilla de patatas en todas sus variantes, las patatas asadas... y de dulce, una buena tarta de manzana tibia con helado de canela ¡Jo, qué hambre me está entrandooo! (^^)

1/08/2011 12:34 PM  
OpenID effortisoffering said...

Loving the amazing exotic colours of your bird! And great way of integrating your trip downtown as inspiration. Great!

1/08/2011 1:15 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

You are the bird girl!

1/08/2011 2:01 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Hmmmm...favorite food....when I feel kinda sad or nostalgia, saltine crackers make me smile.

1/08/2011 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A ver... mmmhhh... me encantan las ensaladas de muchos colores, y de postre queso y dulce de batata (el nombre popular en Argentina es "postre vigilante").
¡Buen año Geninne!

1/08/2011 6:16 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Beautiful painting!

1/08/2011 6:48 PM  
Blogger Nettie said...

Your painting is so lovely! I'm new to your blog and I am in love as you so aptly spelled out in lentils ;o) I also MUST thank you for leading me to Ottmar Liebert! I am in love with his music now, too!

To answer your question, there was a time when I would have said corn was my favorite without hesitation, but now I'm not too sure. I guess I'd say talapia at the moment.

1/08/2011 6:57 PM  
Blogger PrairieGarden-Liane said...

Love the birdy!

Favorite food is CHEESE please!

1/08/2011 10:12 PM  
Anonymous nurks said...

que buena combinación de colores, y que manera más original de encontrar inspiración! me la apunto!! ^_^

mi comida preferida creo que ante todo el queso y después el chocolate y después... todo lo demás, jiji!! n_n


1/08/2011 11:18 PM  
Blogger celi pasje said...

Bardzo ładne zdjęcia, cały blog jest super! Oglądam wszystko już od dwóch lat.

1/09/2011 2:04 AM  
Blogger John'aLee said...

So glad I found your blog! What an inspiration you are. Now I need to see if you have a 'follower' button!

1/09/2011 3:33 AM  
Blogger Language Friendly said...

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1/09/2011 6:34 AM  
Blogger Dajda said...

Geninne, that bird is lovely.

I tend to find comfort in different kinds of food but one thing that I always find comforting is kneading yeast dough. It's even vetter than eating the cake when it's ready!

1/09/2011 7:53 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

La foto de las lentejas quedaría preciosa en un cuadrito!

Yo creo que mi comida favorita es la tortilla de patatas... ¡y el queso! Si olvidarme del pan, nunca puede faltar pan!!

1/09/2011 11:07 AM  
Blogger Ms Frapcious said...

such wonderful colors!

I love curry and fresh-picked peaches.

1/09/2011 4:44 PM  
OpenID whollyafool said...

I love your watercolor! Gorgeous, bright colors! And your love, too...makes me want to play around with beans or something on the counter as well :)
My favorite food honestly is probably just spaghetti and tomato sauce. So simple and comforting.

1/09/2011 5:47 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

love the colours in your new watercolour. my fav food is figs hmmm yum!

1/09/2011 9:40 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow! I just looked at all the pictures of downtown and am overjoyed, on this winter day, to see so much gorgeous color. I love the bird which you painted in response. love, Beth

1/10/2011 5:59 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I too love lentils (and that photo of them - wow!) but I'd have to say my favorite food might be bacon!

1/10/2011 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Rupa said...

Gorgeous colors on the bird. I love bright colors! I too get inspired by colors I see in odd places some times. I was once so inspired to paint something in aqua blue/orange colors because I saw that as a background for a Mexican band that played in my town. Of course I don't paint regularly nor as beautifully as you do, but I was thrilled that artists like you and wanna be artists like me get inspired by similar things at times :)

1/10/2011 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Kristina said...

Oh Geninne, I always find inspiration when I stop by your lovely blog.

1/10/2011 10:44 AM  
Blogger Giorgia said...

Definetely red lentils and tomato soup!
I also go for avocado, hummus, bread with rice syrup and tahina, pane e nutella, ribollita (Tuscan black cabbage soup), pasta with broccoli, Chinese stir-fried rice, a good roasted sea-bass with potatoes... yum!

1/10/2011 11:13 AM  
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1/11/2011 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Laguna Dirt said...

pho! lemon bars. popcorn. avocados. hummus. sushi. poached eggs. ....everything, really.

1/11/2011 9:37 PM  
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