Plants and Leaves

In the middle of winter (although it doesn’t feel like that here in Austria at the moment) I wanted to remind myself of spring so I did these linocut prints on small postcards. The colour didn’t always print perfectly because I printed them without a press but I somehow like the transparency when the white of the paper shines through.

Things I Like Today…

Sunday’s baking time and these chocolate-banana-nut-muffins are really a sweet treat…

They are so easy to make. You just need:

150 g flour
one spoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
60 g brown sugar
125 g mixed nuts
2 ripe bananas
2 spoons melted butter
1 egg

Mix the baking powder, salt, flour, sugar and nuts in a bowl. Take a second bowl and mix the squashed bananas and the butter together with the the stirred egg. Add the butter-sugar-banana mixture to the dry ingredients and put the dough into the muffin forms. Bake the muffins about 20 minutes until they are golden. Yummy!

Oil Paintings

I’ve always wanted to try oil painting and now I just got a bunch of colours and gave it a try.

To make the abstract paintings more interesting I added some pieces of scrap paper with gel medium and a bit of texture using very fine sand.

Oil painting is a very difficult medium but the colours are so bright and beautiful…

Things I Like Today

Whenever I travel somewhere I like to take something home from the place I’ve been to, even if it’s only an idea or inspiration. In this case I wanted to try a typical French apple pie or tarte aux pommes. Of course it’s not the same like eating it in an idyllic small restaurant behind Notre Dame but it still is very delicious…

Here’s the recipe:

150 g flour
100 g sugar
150 g butter
 2 egg yolks
100 g ground walnuts
lemon zest of one organic lemon
a pinch of salt
2 apples (russet or Granny Smith)

some apricot jam

Make a dough (short pastry) out of all ingredients except the apples and the apricot jam. Let it rest in the fridge for about half an hour. Heat the oven (about 180 degrees) and cut the apples into very thin slices. Put the dough in a buttered tart mould and arrange the apple wedges nicely on it. Put the pie in the oven for about 40 minutes. Take it out and spread a bit of the apricot jam on the apples. Put the pie back into the oven for 20 minutes. When the pie is golden brown and smells deliciously it’s ready!

Things I Liked About 2013

Thinking back there were some things I really liked about the year 2013. In summer I travelled through Europe and saw many beautiful places I haven’t been before. I was really inspired when I came back and started to do some printmaking and painting again, something I really enjoyed at school. In October a good friend of mine and I visited the Biennale in Venice, which was really great that year.

So what are my plans for the New Year? Doing more of what I like, which is printing, painting, drawing and taking pictures of all the beautiful things around me…