Making Art…Making Life
The art below is out of my journal that is chronicling my journey since my uterine cancer diagnosis. When I first drew her, I wasn’t in love with it. Her hair was a little big and it just didn’t feel like I wanted to. But then I decided to keep going, which is a great exercise in trusting the creative process.
I used my Yasutomo shimmer water colors on her with a few strips of collage paper. The image is edited to help her show up a bit better for the computer. In real life she is super shimmery and almost glows.
Looking at her now, I especially love the hair. Isn’t that funny! I have been growing my hair out and letting some of the gray have its way with me. I am not loving the grey so I have been dying it purple. It’s great fun! And some days when the weather is just right, my curls come out to play. Makes me feel like a wild child!
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Playing with My Food
In the studio with me this morning is also a bowl of chia pudding. It is my creative food contribution to the day. I have been playing with chia seeds for the last several months
The chia seed pudding is so crazy simple. If you have never had a chia seed, I like to compare them to tapioca or flax. They have a little gooey-ness to them when they soak a bit in liquid. They are uber good for you. Most people I talk to are pleased with chia seeds, but the texture is not for everyone. I crave it! And YES, they are the same chia seeds used for chia pets. Cool, huh?
When I make chia pudding, I use what I have on hand and am very flexible with how it turns out. The most important ingredients are the chia seeds and the coconut milk. Some days I just eat it like that.
But this is how I LOVE it…..
I take a can of organic coconut milk (full fat) and add chia seeds. Some days I like it super thick and some days soupy, so just play with what works for you. I add to it shredded coconut (again, according to how thick you want it) and a nut I love (pecans today, but almonds, pistachios, walnuts, or cashews all work too.) Nut butters are also a fabulous addition to bring a little flavor. A few drops of stevia (an herbal sweetener) helps brighten the taste. Add a dash of cinnamon and cardamom if you like those and a few berries for color if you have them. Let it set up for 15 minutes or put over night depending on your schedule and how you wish.
Sometimes I have this for breakfast, other times it is a snack. I also often save it for the end of the day when I know I want to feel like I am treating myself to a dessert. It reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s rice pudding (especially if it has extra cinnamon and a few raisins) and other times it is similar to Indian Rice Pudding (especially when I add cadamom). It makes enough to share or to have more for the next day.
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