So I’ve been painting grapevine caps to be sold at the DADA tent at Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration on Saturday, June 2nd on 4th Street. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership is sponsoring the tent for us, as they’ve been working hard to involve the Arts District with other downtown events.

Then I painted a couple “low key” wine-related designs….
the ubiquitous “in vino veritas” 
and a wine glass with a ribbon banner.
The “in vino veritas” is a little boring….may have to jazz up the letters or possibly add lots of deep red smudges, the way I painted this t-shirt years and years and years ago when I lived in St. John, USVI.

But the grapevines speak in a language all their own–or should we say, sing their special song……

Popcorn Break

My niece Krista Morgan has a blog called The-Not-So-Desperate-Chef-Wife To celebrate the 300-follower-milestone, she’s asking people to post a comment naming their favorite ingredient to cook with. People who know me know that I DON’T DO FOOD. Don’t cook it, eat it, serve it, etc. 

With one exception: POPCORN. And I can fix it (I learned to “FIX it,” not “make it”) to perfection. Pop all the kernels without burning any. I get some white, hull-less popcorn (a rare breed these days, but Lowes Foods has an excellent house brand), vegetable oil, popcorn salt…into a deep pot, on the stove, shake-shake-shake till the top starts to pop off, pour into big bowl, add more popcorn salt, do the popcorn toss, add more salt, toss again, add more salt, toss again….Pure and simple, no messy, stinky butter or cheese, and definitely no sticky, sweet glop. 

Sit down with bowl in lap and gobble it down like a machine. Chase with a glass of ice water or pure Florida Orange Juice. 

Feeling good and refreshed, go back to the painting station.

Goodwill Mary’s Skirts

There is a woman who works at the Goodwill Store who absolutely loves my bright-colored, happy designs. She has bought numerous T-shirts and sweatshirts–I’ve lost count long ago. One day she told me about some denim skirts she had gotten at a really good price and wanted to know if I could paint them. She brought a few of them in for me to see. They were a darker-colored denim than I normally like to paint on, but she wanted only one panel of the 6-gored skirt painted, so I agreed. To date I have one more to do.