Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New painting and more bread rambling...

Worked on a new little painting...

First, a little pencil sketch emerged...
Fox Soldier pencil sketch
Unsurprisingly, he seems to be some sort of fox-like creature...

And then the painting...
Fox Soldier Painting

A Fox Soldier! He is dressed in his best uniform with his buttons all shined up.

and the I scanned it and printed it and matted it!
Fox Soldier Print in oval mat

This is a photo taken in my studio. I have not had the official listing picture photoshoot, as it is rainy and gray today. This little print needs natural light! I really love the print in real life. I had not planned to mat it in an oval, but the subject matter just seemed too perfect to not try and it worked.

I think I will mat the original and sell it too, it needed almost no Photoshop and is pretty much identical to the print.

(Update: I listed the print at Blackforestcake! Check him out...)

And...

On the weekend I got a cute new toy. (Ok, its not a toy,  but this thing is fun to me.)
Zojirushi bread machine
A teeny, tiny bread machine!!
After much use and abuse of the old second hand bread machine I was gifted, it became clear that I needed a new machine. The old ones pan kept popping out and then it wouldn't let go of the loaves!

After scouring reviews, I decided on this little baby. The Zojirushi Home Bakery Mini Breadmaker. It IS little, only making 1 pound loaves. That is about 9 slices of bread per loaf. That is really small for bread machines. Its about half as big as my old one.

Little Zojirushi bread loaf

Little Zojirushi bread loaf

See? Small little perfect loaves of bread. This one is a light rye. 

I have made two loaves of bread so far, and its a dream. For two people its perfect to have such small loaves. Bread machine bread only has a short lifespan and we would always have mouldy leftover bread at the end of the week. It also has a handle on the top so you can move it around. I really struggled lifting the old machine, it was the size of a microwave!
Zojirushi bread!

We had to drive to the super faraway Pacific mall to buy it, but a trip to "The World's Largest Asian Mall" is hardly a hardship...
I am going to try to make pizza dough in it next. Like, right now. YAY!

(Update: I totally made it too. It was so fat and ugly! But tasted soo goood.)
When they say "thick crust" in a recipe, they mean THICK! hee hee. Next time I will make two instead...

7 comments:

  1. I love that dapper fox gentleman! Nice job.

    I can't wait to be back to my own life (in November) when I can go home and make bread again. Though I'm not hard done by at the farm since we make all homemade EVERYTHING, from french fries and pizza, to mayonnaise. I'll be making cheeses and yogurt next week too.

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  2. Yay for fancy foxes!

    My mother has one of those bread making machines and the bread it makes tastes soooo good that the loaves are always finished like an hour after they are ready. :D

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  3. Tracy: Make "someone" else make your bread for you... heh heh. I added a pic of my pizza to this post! I bet your farm pizza looks a bit prettier...:-)

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  4. Angel of Vengeance: I KNOW! The fresh bread doesn't last long when there is a family around. Mine was the same way. :-)

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  5. Oooo... that bread looks so very good! Overnight to Kentucky?? ;)

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  6. This machine *does* make much cuter loaves than the last one did... :-)

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