Raven Heart

As I was posting all the paintings I had up for sale, it appears as though I missed one. Typically when paintings sell, I’ll go through and update posts to make sure I’ve marked them as sold. This painting sold, but I couldn’t find it on here. Since I’m trying to keep a good record of them all, I wanted to be sure to post it.

The painting below entitled “Raven Heart” sold to a private collector in Pennsylvania, thank you Kym S.!

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“Raven Heart” ACEO in Acrylics

xoxo,

Rhonda

How to Cook a Perfect Medium Well Steak

Quick Note to My Vegan Subscribers and Readers: You may want to skip this post. I’m sensitive to your lifestyle and choices so please avoid this post if you would prefer.

Thinking back, the last steak I remember having was two years ago. It’s not something I want often or know how to cook. I’ve attempted to grill them, cook them on the stove top, cook them in the oven, etc. They just never turn out to be good. I’ve gotten cooking tips from many of my Facebook friends, as well as the internet, but still have had no luck.

Being anemic, steak and beef in general is something that makes me feel stronger when I eat it. Using an iron skillet also helps with my anemia. I can tell a difference when these are in my cooking/meals so I very much benefited when  using both for the same meal!

I’m happy to say that I finally found a method that worked for me and it’s so super simple. Maybe I’ll up my steak enjoyment to twice a year or something now that I know what I’m doing.

Here’s what I did:

I set my steak out an hour before I was ready to start cooking it. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I put an iron skillet on the stove top and turned it on medium heat. In went a Tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Once the oil was good and hot, in went the steak for three minutes. I sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic on that side.  After three minutes, I turned it over and seared the other side for three minutes. I also sprinkled on salt, pepper and garlic on that side as well. After three minutes passed, I turned it back over and put the entire skillet in the oven for 13 minutes. Since I like my steak medium well, this was the time that my inch thick, 3/4 pound steak needed to cook. Once 13 minutes had passed, I pulled the skillet out of the oven and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

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I did film a video and shortened it down to a little over two minutes if you’d like to see the process by clicking here.

It was perfect and delicious. If you try it please let me know if this method works for you, too.

xoxo

Rhonda

Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes Review

First things first…HAPPY FRIDAY!!! It’s so good to welcome the weekend! There’s lots of fun to be had and this weekend seems the perfect time to do just that! 🙂

I tried a new product that I wanted to share with all of you. It’s the Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Wipes. It claims to be an all-in-one product that doesn’t even require rinsing.

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Okay, so I’m going to be honest and open here. I wouldn’t say I’m lazy when it comes to taking care of myself but I can’t seem to enjoy taking a lot of time with it. It’s not very “self caring” if it’s taking so long to do it that I’m frustrated by it. So, while I would never go to bed without removing makeup and washing my face, I do like to use products that are fast and effective.

This Clean & Clear product called to me with the very name “night relaxing”. I immediately thought of using it and feeling comforted and soothed, ready to fall into sweet slumber…a facial cleanser lullaby in a wipe, if you will. While this product didn’t sing me to sleep, it definitely was relaxing. It was pleasing to use. All makeup was removed that I had on. My skin was soft to the touch and felt clean and smooth. I didn’t feel the need to rinse it and that’s really saying a lot for me. I’ve never found a cleansing wipe before that I didn’t feel needed to be rinsed off.  Until now.

I did a video review on it here:
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Please let me know if you try it. I’d love to know if you feel the same as I do about this product.

This is not a sponsored or solicited review. I noticed a “new” item on the shelf at Walmart while looking to purchase some new cleansing wipes after running out. I had a coupon for these as well as a few others. The reason I wanted to try these was because of the name. All opinions are my own.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Mini Works of Art

I hope you’re enjoying seeing these miniature paintings of mine from the past. Posting them and talking about them inspires me to create more. Maybe I can steal some time away soon to do just that.

Until then, I want to get some more on this blog that I put up for sale in my marathon ebay session Monday.

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“Ocean Love” ACEO in Acrylics,  listed here
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“Surrounded” ACEO in Acrylics, listed here
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“Sunset River”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Watchful Eye” ACEO in Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “My Love” sold to a private collector in Rhode Island, thank you Jennifer B.!

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“My Love”, ACEO Acrylics
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“Peace”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Happy Morning”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Raven’s Hope”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

That is a perfect one to end on for this evening. She’s special to me and seems so full of love and happiness. I hope you feel the same when you see her.

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

 

Getting There

With the huge auction listing session/day/event this week,  I’m slowly but surely getting all of the photos on here to share. It’s nice to know I’ll have them somewhere where I can easily go back and look through them.

When I see things I created a few years ago and remember how my life was going at the time, it’s interesting to see how it was reflected in my paintings. I’m not the type of person who can easily do what others ask of me as far as painting. I have to truly “feel” it and that can take a while. Most people genuinely understand this and never want to rush a creation. For that, I’m grateful!

Now, some art sharing:

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“Step by Step”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Baker”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Still” ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Hills”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Alone” ACEO Acrylics & Watercolors, listed here
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“Dress Form” ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Still” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “I Dare You” sold to a private collector in California, thank you Jeff D.!

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“I Dare You” ACEO Acrylics

I’m going to end this grouping with the spooky, dominating looking scarecrow to kinda shake things up since I’d been trying to end on a funny one. 🙂

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

 

Little Artworks

It’s evening and another busy day is now winding down so I thought I’d run in and post some more of my paintings here for you before I call it a day.

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“Sleepy Time” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here
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“Raven’s Rest” ACEO Acrylics, listed here
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“Hideaway” watercolors ACEO, listed here
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“My World” Acrylics ACEO, listed here
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“Lucky” ACEO Acrylics, listed here

Updated: The painting below entitled “Claire” sold to a private collector in California, thank you Jeff D.!

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“Claire” ACEO Acrylics, 
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“Professowl”, ACEO Acrylics, listed here

I like ending the post on a funny painting. And the owl with a mustache is certainly funny to me. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful evening (or day depending upon where you are in the world) my friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

Hours of Work & Fun

As I looked through the paintings as I was listing them, I recalled the time it took to create each of them. Many hours of “work” went into their creation. Why I’d just hold onto them and not try to sell them is beyond me.

With 50 free listings per month on ebay, cost was not the issue. It was definitely time along with the fact that it’s hard not to take it personal when things don’t sell at all or when things sell for very little. Truly, the work is what I love and the possibility that someone would want something that was dreamed up in my little soul and was painted with my little hands is…how can I say this…the right words escape me. The feeling is deep, like a catch in the throat, a glimmer of the feeling of falling in love. It’s a blissful state of mind when someone likes something I’ve done enough to bypass all other items they could have purchased, yet push them aside to choose mine.

At no point in time is this ever unappreciated, unnoticed or business-as-usual with me. Even comments, subscribers and likes through this blog, through Facebook or Twitter, they all go further than you could ever imagine to this artist. So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Onto a few more of the current paintings listed and you’ve seen this gal before on my blog:

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“Eve”, ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

And I believe you’ve seen this one as well:

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“Susie”, ACEO Watercolors & Ink on Canson, listed here

This floral watercolor painting was painted last year, too:

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“Country Bouquet” ACEO Watercolors on Canson, listed here

I don’t recall what the inspiration was for this piece. Perhaps it was a contest or challenge among some of my fellow artists, but I truly don’t think so. As this one was created several years ago, I truly don’t remember. I’m sure it will come back to me, though.

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“Whitney”, Acrylics ACEO, listed here

This sweet girl is near and dear to my heart with eyes on Jesus, her heart open and the cross in her presence.

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“Discipline” Acrylics ACEO on Canson, listed here

A humorous painting of which I’m also very fond of, because let’s face it, how can I not love a Jeep-drivin’, four-wheelin’, off-roadin’, muddin’ cat???!!!

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“Muddin’ Fun” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

That seems to be a good one to end this post on, though there are more to show you soon. Since all these listings end in 7 days, I want to be sure to get them all on my blog so I have the photos somewhere safe.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Paintings Galore

I was able to reach my goal of getting 48 listings up today! I figured I’d make another post this evening and then I’m going to leave the computer for a good long while. It’s been a long day of listing, editing photos, sharing photos and such. Though, I truly love my “job”!

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“Passion Note” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Don’t worry, no birds were harmed in the making of this painting:

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“Lunch Time!” ACEO on Canson, listed here

This fella was spooky fun to create:

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“Foreboding” ACEO on Canson, listed here

You’ve seen this one before on a previous post:

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“Sunset View” ACEO on Canson, listed here

This one is one of my personal favorites. The owl seems to be saying “Hello World, I’m ready for anything!”

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“Hello World” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Another one you’ve seen on here before (I do hold on to things too long, don’t I?)

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“Preparation” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

And another:

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“Coffee Solves Everything” ACEO Acrylics on Canson, listed here

Okay, that’s enough for tonight and probably more than anyone would want to actually look through at one time. I realize these are photo heavy but maybe my overly talkative post earlier today makes up for that. 🙂

xoxo and good night my friends,

Rhonda

 

 

 

Simplification

There are times I find it  difficult to let go of paintings I’ve created. This year, as a resolution, I wanted my year to be focused on simplification. We all find ourselves, at least at times, in the middle of complicated lives. Holding on to (some) things simply adds undue stress to us, though we may not realize it.

As I’ve been simplifying things, I committed to giving up items from my closets for Lent as well. By cleaning out closets of clothes that I see as okay but not great, I’ve realized how much I am frustrated by those t-shirts with the nice color or design but that have the annoying too short sleeves on them that are terribly uncomfortable and I never wear. They aren’t even good for layering. I’d much rather wear a tank top than something with sleeves that fall nearer my armpit that my elbow. Let’s not even get started on the fact that they are flattering to no one. Do people like those sleeves? I always felt like it was maybe the extra fabric the factories were “saving” added on less costs for them to create the product to sell. At any rate, I’m finally freeing myself of the struggle those shirts have caused me and I resolve to no longer purchase one regardless of what other features pull me in.

(Sleeve Tangent Over Now lol)

I’m not sure how familiar all of you are with ebay but they allow 50 free listings per month of auction items. I should have started in January with doing this to clear out some of my paintings but I missed that month. But, thanks to leap year, I’ll be able to at least use some of those February freebies. My goal is 20 but I’m shooting for 48 (I’d already used two of my freebies on other items so I have 48 left for these paintings.)

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

I’ll try to split these paintings up so each post isn’t terribly long and hopefully share them through the week. It’s nice to have these paintings somewhere where I can look through them again in the future. Having recently lost all my previous paintings for many years, I understand the importance of not relying on a backup system for super important things. So, I do hope you enjoy looking through these as well.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

These paintings range in years of creation from 2008 to 2015. I’m being sure to put the year of their creation in each listing.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

Being as though these are a bit older as far as creation year, I decided to start them at a low price to hopefully move them to a home where they can be displayed and loved.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

You may recall “Mindless Wandering” from a previous blog post last year right after I created it. Here it is if you’d like to see what it symbolized to me before, during and after the creation of it.

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“In the Zone” Felix the Cat Series, ACEO, Acrylics on Canson listed here

That is all for this post but I hope to be sharing more with you over the next few days and hopefully through the year. Looking back through this is already sparking creativity. For me, my soul needs me to paint. I’m ready to take better care of my soul, too.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Easy Chicken Stir Fry – Cooking for One or Two

It’s not easy to cook for one person. Many times when you find yourself ready to eat, it’s just easier to run out and go through a drive-thru somewhere. Honestly, though, it’s simply not a healthy alternative and it’s nowhere near as good as a meal at home.

Here’s a super easy meal that makes two generous servings with one of those being a leftover. This entire process takes less than 10 minutes! This leftover meal heats up nicely and was quite possibly as good as the first meal.

A rundown of what I used:

1 chicken breast, cubed. I purchase my chicken from a small local grocery store. There is no comparison between the quality of the meat.

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1 package of Birds Eye Flavor Full Teriyaki  Broccoli

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1 cup of shredded carrots

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1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

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1 teaspoon of sweet ginger garlic

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2 Tablespoons of chopped onion

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Soy sauce (to taste)

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I purchase these Minute Rice two packs. This is a perfect serving size and I can heat one up with the original meal and the other pack up for the leftover meal.

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The quick and easy instructions: Microwave broccoli according to directions for your microwave. While that’s getting started, melt the coconut oil and put on the chicken. Stir fry for about 4 minutes or until the chicken is starting to brown. Be sure to stir constantly. Add carrots, onions and sweet ginger garlic. Stir fry for another minute. Add the broccoli that you have microwaved and the soy sauce. When I take the broccoli out of the microwave, I put in the rice for one minute. Stir fry about a minute and a half. Serve with your rice.

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I did a quick video on the Birds Eye Broccoli Teriyaki here:

Delicious! If you decide to try it, please let me know how you liked it. I know everyone’s tastes are different so I’m very curious to hear what you added or deleted and how you enjoyed the meal.

xoxo

Rhonda