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Fine Art Daily, Third Haven Meeting House

Fine Art Daily, April 11, 2011

Posted: April 11, 2011 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 11 2011 Fine Art Daily is still reporting from the Eastern Shore of Maryland this week. This is the Third Haven Meeting House, in Oxford, Maryland. You need to get off the main road to see this properly and to be enthralled by the riot of cherry blossoms. The historic marker is on the road, but go down the drive to see the buildings. This is the original meetinghouse and there is a more modern brick building, for the cold weather months. There are scatterings of daffodils among the gravestones. Austere and simple.

Fine Art Daily, Chicken Cordon Blue

Fine Art Daily, April 8, 2011

Posted: April 08, 2011 05:22 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Charles and Camilla are bickering just a bit these days – I guess the strain of planning the wedding is getting to everyone. There are just so many avenues for making social gaffes. Did you know that Kate ate some pâté de foie gras a few weeks ago, when Charles has strictly forbidden it from Palace menus? Heavens to Betsy!  (Charles has privately confided to me that he misses the good old days when the Palace would serve Veal Cordon Bleu and Veal Scallopini, but he must be firm in his stance…) Camilla is quite sure that we have done Chicken Cordon Bleu for Food Friday before, but Char...

Fine Art Daily, Against the Grain, Chestertown

Fine Art Daily, April 7, 2011

Posted: April 07, 2011 05:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 7, 2011 Another destination I discovered on my whirlwind research trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland was this fabulous new bakery in Chestertown: Against the Grain. I spent years standing in the cafeteria line at the College trying to figure out what "Chicken Fried Steak" really was, while today's students can stroll into town for buttery, flaky pain au chocolat. The bakery's address is 203 High Street. I do not know why the geese aren't camped out front, waiting to get their fair share of the bread crumbs!

Fine Art Daily, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Fine Art Daily, April 6, 2011

Posted: April 06, 2011 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 6, 2011 We went for a brisk walk around the the compact Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum which looked vastly informative and entertaining. You can learn how to build boats here, which is something I wouldn't mind doing in the perfect life I have planned out in my head. It's that Laura Ingalls Wilder/Jo March feeling I get sometimes. In the meantime, I was ambling around the Museum's boatyard, admiring their fleet and the elegance of other people's skills and hard work. It is a great destination.

Fine Art Daily, daffodils, St.  Michaels

Fine Art Daily, April 5, 2011

Posted: April 05, 2011 05:02 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 5, 2011 We kept a hurried pace while touring Talbot County on the Eastern Shore. We made a quick stop at the Village Shoppe in St. Michaels (no apostrophe, my dear editors) for sustaining Diet Cokes and chocolate chip cookies. There is some logic there, truly. In the inviting outdoor garden section I was seized with an irrational longing for the willow tuteurs tucked behind some massive cobalt planters. It wasn't enough that I was wandering headily among the pots of cyclamen, tulips, jonquils and hyacinths. I had to plot how I could get an unwieldy 5-foot tall willow frame ho...

Fine Art Daily, daffodils

Fine Art Daily, April 4, 2011

Posted: April 04, 2011 04:58 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 4, 2011 Last week I went back to Chestertown. I often dream of Chestertown and Washington College. Mostly they are anxiety dreams – that someone in the administration has gone over my transcripts and discovered that I was graduated without having taken a crucial math class, and I must return to the College to complete it, or my degree is worthless. I will have to live in the dorms (with the Pouting Princess and the Tall One in tow) and I will have to get a part-time job waitressing. Yikes! Luckily I slid into town under the College’s radar, and was able to walk around with ...

Fine Art Daily, Hash Blacks

Fine Art Daily, March 25, 2011

Posted: March 25, 2011 06:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 25, 2011 It's Food Friday! The theme of this week's Food52 competition was foods which you set aflame - on purpose. I am not a fancy cook. I have never cooked Bananas Foster en Flambé, and I still don't know what it is at the Greek restaurant which causes such a flutter and commotion and flames. I have on many occasions burnt the food I was trying to prepare in a loving fashion for my family. They can probably roll their eyes and enumerate notable examples, but that is another story. For many years I did not prepare Hash Browns. Instead I served Hash Blacks. Danny will remembe...

Fine Art Daily, The Evil Roxanne

Fine Art Daily, March 23, 2011

Posted: March 23, 2011 05:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 23, 2011 What an opportunist! That Evil Roxanne has adopted my chair find as her own. Maybe she feels like Goldilocks, and we have finally provided a perch that is just right for her - perfect size, height and comfort level. Never mind that the upholstery is a creamy ivory that shows every single one of her many shed hairs. (Never mind that it was a little treat for me!) I wandered into the bedroom yesterday afternoon, found her curled up like a little shedding pill bug, and resigned myself to cat domination. Fine Art Daily had spent a busy morning cranking out reams of spec...

Fine Art Daily,tomato harvest

Fine Art Daily, March 22, 2011

Posted: March 22, 2011 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 22, 2011 The tomato farm has burgeoned nicely. We had a small harvest this weekend - almost enough tomatoes for a salad! There is great satisfaction in eating something warm from the garden. The strawberries keep disappearing on me, though. One day there is a cluster of shining scarlet fruit, and the next day - nothing! I don't know if we have an industrial grade of hungry insects or if the Evil Roxanne has developed a penchant for delectable young fruit. The strawberry plants are not near the tantalizing cat nip plant. So many life lessons (and metaphors) to be had in the ga...

Fine Art Daily, new old chair

Fine Art Daily, March 21, 2011

Posted: March 21, 2011 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Back from Spring Break! March 21, 2011 Happy Spring! I hope you had a chance to step outside to watch the moon rise on Saturday. What an amazing event! We went around the corner to one of the Tall One's favorite fishing holes and watched it glide up over Hutchinson Island. There was a blazing red moon path the crossed the Indian River, right to the shore where we sat swatting at the mosquitoes. I did a little consumering this weekend. There were plenty of opportunities for folks to help the economy at the gloriously colorful and upbeat ArtsFest 2011. Tom Winter's huge photos have b...

Fine Art Daily, Raspberry Tart

Fine Art Daily, March 11, 2011

Posted: March 11, 2011 06:12 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 11, 2011 It's Food Friday! I entered today's FAD in the Food52 Tart Contest this week. (No comments, please, Red Hots.)If you have a moment, wander by the Food52 site and get some other ideas from people who really know how to cook. When I was little we would go for walks along a private drive that is now covered with many houses. I doubt if our bushes are still there. There was a red raspberry bush and a black raspberry bush. We learned to pick the sun-warmed berries without getting scratched by the rasping thorns or fearing the many bees. It was always hot, and the sweet ...

Fine Art Daily, Chinese New Year

Fine Art Daily, March 10, 2011

Posted: March 10, 2011 04:38 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 10, 2011 Miss Morning Glory certainly knows how to brighten the corner where she is. She wandered through her garden just before the Chinese New Year party the other afternoon, picking pink hibiscus, a salmon bougainvillea and a few tiny Golden Rain blossoms and managed to artfully mass them into a spectacular and towering grouping. I caught her part way through the arranging - imagine this with another 5 pink hibiscus dancing on slim sticks of bamboo, and that's what she created. Poof! Of course, she is so prepared for any floral situation that she even had some green floris...

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 9, 2011

Posted: March 09, 2011 04:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 9, 2011. Today is Vita Sackville-West's birthday. One of these days I will get to Sissinghurst, to see her white garden. In the meantime I am luxuriating in the beauteousness that Miss Morning Glory has created across the road from us. Every corner has a story, every flower has a well-scrubbed face, every thing is loved. (Well, except for the damn moles and the possums, but those belong in another story.)

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 8, 2011

Posted: March 08, 2011 04:52 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 8, 2011 More Chinese New Year. There are a few moments just before the sun goes down, when the rays of light are long and lush and golden, and time slows - just for a moment. The dust motes blur and soften the sharp edges, the garden is lovely, and so are your companions. As the dusk gathers nothing is quite as beautiful as the lamp light.

Fine Art Daily, Year of the Rabbit

Fine Art Daily, March 7, 2011

Posted: March 07, 2011 04:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 7, 2011 We were a little out of step with the rest of the world in celebrating the Chinese New Year, but that is the way we prefer to be. It was a glorious afternoon of slanted gauzy rays of sunshine, and a cool evening with the glowing lanterns strung red and gold above the lawn. Even the cool sprinkle of rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the children as they ran fearlessly in the dark. The Year of the Rabbit was well celebrated.

Fine Art Daily, orange blossoms

Fine Art Daily, March 1, 2011

Posted: March 01, 2011 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

March 1, 2011 Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit. I just love that this is the Year of the Rabbit! Miss Morning Glory and I went out for a larcenous stroll the other night. We passed the new stick-like trees planted in the small orange grove at Bay Tree Lodge, throwing our heads back to enjoy the scent of the orange blossoms at their aromatic peak. I remember for the first couple of years we lived here that I thought it was the honeysuckle giving out the sweet, pungent aroma. I was wrong about that in a rather spectacular way - because not only was the scent from the oranges blossoms, the othe...

Fine Art Daily, March calendar

Fine Art Daily, February 28, 2011

Posted: February 28, 2011 05:22 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Here is your calendar for March. Please email me if you would like a high rez PDF.

Fine Art Daily, Bruschetta

Fine Art Daily, February 25, 2011

Posted: February 25, 2011 06:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

February 25, 2011 It's Food Friday! This is one of our reliable crowd pleasers, the recipe for which we no longer have to scour through the cookbooks - Bruschetta. We have to step out tonight and thought this would be a tasty little contribution to the mix. Camilla is desperate to get out and socialize. (She still hasn't gotten over Kat...e's pony tail in public yesterday.) And Champagne Charlie is always ready for a party! This is very tricky-woo - so pay attention. Cut a day old baguette into slices Toast the slices under the broiler Allow slices to cool Rub each slice with a chun...

Fine Art Daily, nasturtiums

Fine Art Daily, February 24, 2011

Posted: February 24, 2011 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

February 24, 2011 The nasturtiums are taking over the world. Our back porch has disappeared. There are 8 pots with blooming nasturtiums right now, and 2 of them must be embracing the notion of manifest destiny (although they are headed east, maybe back to the mothership). One pot has tendrils that are at least 6 feet long. If we wake up as pod people one morning, please check the nasturtiums for trace evidence of our mortal remains because they do seem otherworldly and vaguely sinister. Don't be beguiled by those cheerful blossoms and coin-like leaves. They are on the move.

Fine Art Daily, tomato farm

Fine Art Daily, February 23, 2011

Posted: February 23, 2011 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

February 23, 2011 Here are a few of tomatoes from the modest container farm we are operating this winter. Unfortunately there are not very many spherical objets in my compendium of office supply metaphors, so I must rely on sporting goods. So far these tomatoes are slightly larger than ping pong balls, yet smaller than lacrosse balls. There are about 4 clusters which should be ripening soon, and if the Tall One and the Pouting Princess come home next weekend they might be able to help with the harvest. With some of the basil hunted and gathered from the container on the front porch...

Martial Raysse, L'Annee derniere a Capri

L’Année Dernière à Capri Sets World Auction Record

Posted: February 22, 2011 11:54 Last Updated: | Gene Oliver

  It is not every day that a contemporary French artist sets a world auction record.  This is however what happened at Christie’s last week when the painting L’Année Dernière à Capri from Martial Raysse was sold for more than four million pounds.  Painted in 1962, L’Année Dernière à Capri or Last Year in Capri is representative of the female portraits Raysse was painting in the 60’s. Acidulated colors, women in bathing suits inspired from the fashion magazines, and the addition of the neon, contribute to a unique portraying of a consumerist society.  Martial Ray...

Fine Art Daily, first strawberries

Fine Art Daily, February 22, 2011

Posted: February 22, 2011 05:54 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

February 22, 2011 Happy George Washington's birthday! As our friends in the gelid North shovel out yet again I offer a small sign of hope. We have a wee, tiny container garden on the back porch. So far the harvest has yielded 2 dozen protractor pencil-sized green beans, 1 golf ball-sized tomato and soon about half a dozen pencil eraser-sized strawberries. (I tend to measure things almost exclusively in terms of office supplies - perhaps I do not get out enough...)The strawberries are such a deep, translucent red that my Dr. P.H. Martin's Radiant Watercolors do not do them justice. ...

Fine Art Daily, flower shop

Fine Art Daily, February 21, 2011

Posted: February 21, 2011 05:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

February 21, 2011 Happy Presidents' Day! It is only another month before Spring, so I thought a little floral tribute was in order. It seemed like a good thing, if you have to go to your cubicle today. If you are off, then I hope you are sleeping late. And that the cardinals did not wake you up this morning like the rude boys here did an hour ago. Spring, it is like this little flower shop, just around the corner...

Buying Fine Art Not Like Buying Detergent

Buying Fine Art Is Not Like Buying Detergent

Posted: February 14, 2011 07:17 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

Buying Art is not like buying Detergent; the key is to "buy intelligently". Art buyers often make the wrong decision when comparing two examples of the same Work of Art with the objective of "saving money". Many Buyers fall prey to buying the Work of Art with the lowest price, and often not the best. Daniel Grant wrote a WSJ Article titled Why You Can't Always Trust Art Dealers which casts a negative light on Art Dealers. We don't condone the ethical behavior cited by Mr. Grant and agree due diligence is essential to protect financial harm. How...

Fine Art Daily, Mid-Winter Chili

Fine Art Daily, February 11, 2011

Posted: February 11, 2011 05:18 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Mid-winter Chili 1½ pounds ground beef 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic 1 36-ounce can crushed tomatoes 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon paprika 1 to 2 or 3 teaspoons of cayenne – depending on your thrill factor Salt and pepper to taste Grated sharp cheddar cheese for topping Brown meat in a large pot. Drain and set aside. Sauté onions, peppers and garlic in olive oil in the same pot. Return meat to pot. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, paprika and cayenne. Cook on medium heat for approximately 1...

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