I am happy to welcome my good friend and “goddess sister” Michelle Dyson as our guest blogger this month! You will love meeting her and hearing her thoughts on the collaborative painting we started last week. My heart is elated and filled with love and admiration….
I spent the first 4 days of my February vacation with my goddess sister Laura. You have to understand that going to Laura’s is like going home. As crazy ladies in our 20’s and 30’s we spent many nights at the cottage indulging in fine savory cheeses smooth silky chocolates and the best wine we could afford. The conversation lasted all night or until I fell asleep and everyone else kept talking. I feel most at home when these moments are recreated every time I visit Laura. I get to forget what needs to get done and leave the lists behind, I sleep in a room that gives me retreat and my days are long and my jar is filled with contentment.
We had planned to create a painting together but left the subject and approach to chance. We both have specific painting styles and preferred subject matter, so we had to shake it off and be spontaneous. As a painting teacher I had to let my classroom brain rest and not see the outcome but let the painting evolve and grow and challenge me.
I brought 2 old paintings that needed new a new life and Saturday afternoon (we might have done a bit of shopping and eating first) we jumped in head first. Paint brushes dancing and twirling until we could barely stand. This painting was truly an adventure for the mind, body and soul. The trust and respect we have for each other I think is reflected in the work. Laura is gentle and soft and bright and kind; I am in your face, hard, dark and kind. I struggle to pull light into my paintings and Laura works to create a contrast that balances us out. We are both Virgo’s but on either end of the spectrum. Laura keeps the dream alive and I keep it real. I am thrilled with what we have started and hope this will continue to grow and bloom.
note—> Michelle & I plan to look at this painting together when we see each other next (hopefully soon!) and are contemplating adding another panel. I will be sure to let you know if we do or when we declare it officially “finished”.
Thank you for letting me be a guest blogger and here is the recipe for poached cod:
For 2 people
½ lb of Cod or Haddock
1 summer squash
1 large can organic diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
1 cup leeks
¼ cup pesto
pasta of choice
dill,cilantro or whatever herbs you like with fish
salt and pepper and lemon your fish
sauté chopped summer squash,zucchini, leeks and garlic in 2 Tbs olive oil about 8 mins
cook 5 mins more
take ¾ of that mixture and put in a blender and puree
add the pesto to the blender and blend again
make sure to boil water for your pasta
add the blended mixture back to the pan with the remaining un-blended sauce
the fish usually has skin on the bottom you can have the fish monger remove it or you can take it off after the fish is cooked
add the fish to the sauce and cover and cook for 8-10 mins until opaque white all the way through
put pasta in a shallow bowl add sauce and fish on top and sprinkle with chopped herbs and cheese
very easy and goood for you! Enjoy