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Episode #1: Art and Artichokes

Welcome to our first episode!

Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #1: Art and Artichokes

Welcome to our first episode of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Show Notes:

In this episode we will inspire you, as we share our story of how one passion for art turned into another for farming! We talk about why we decided to launch a Gallery’s Choice podcast show. And finally we’ll provide some fun foodie antidotes about artichokes, and why you should love them!

Episode #1: Art and Artichokes.

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…

Click here for a .pdf of the full transcript.
https://galleryschoice.blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Episode-1-show-notes-Art-and-Artichokes.pdf

Resources:

Never prepped a fresh artichoke before? Check out this video (and get ready to laugh!)

Veggie of the Week: Artichokes!

Recipes:

Bonus: Spinach Artichoke Flower-Heart Dip
https://galleryschoice.blog/2020/01/07/spinach-artichoke-flower-heart-dip/

Roasted Artichokes de Provence
https://galleryschoice.blog/2020/01/07/roasted-artichoke-de-provence/

Sponsors:

This episode was self-sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Afraid to Ask?

Stained Glass by the Numbers

Piece by piece, these stained glass side lights come together. I almost never stop to count the number of pieces in my designs. Sometimes I think it would scare me to know!

A labor of love, time spent in creation of beauty!

Some studio’s charge by the piece. This is a good indicator of the work’s complexity, given each individual piece will be touched six or more times in the fabrication process. Truly a labor of love in it’s creation. There’s something special about that kind of work – in the doing of it, and in the viewing of it. Both creator and end customer will get joy from the stained glass work. And this joy can last a lifetime. For me, that’s what makes these works meaningful and worthwhile.

Closeup of pattern and petals in various stages of completion.
Detailed closeup of pattern and petals in various stages of completion.
Custom stained glass sidelights soldered and ready for patina.

Taking a Pause for the Cause

Circumstances beyond anything we could control or could have foreseen have created a condition where careful thought is required to find our path.

Not just a global pandemic. Not just open heart surgery. Not just an era of civil unrest.

ALL of these at once!


All things considered,
I’d say we are doing well!

-Rose and Bill Jarecki

As we came to accept the financial burden of having to support a storefront while being prevented from earning any revenue to support it back in March 2020, we carefully considered how we might continue in a brick and mortar environment, as arduous – albeit necessary – restrictions make servicing our community with a high-touch business like ours virtually impossible.

Then we considered the health and well-being of our extended gallery family – with many of our regular students falling into the most vulnerable category – with many of our key customers being hurt financially by job loss or reductions. Couple this with greatest uncertainty regarding future restrictions and shut downs eating away at the possibilities of strong revenue rebound during the late Summer and Fall. Factoring in that all of the subsidies and relief programs produced a tiny fraction of what would be required to continue. Finally, not to mention, trying to balance our own personal needs for a safe and speedy recovery from a major surgery and our concerns about contracting the virus at this time – the right path quickly became apparent.

I watched in horror as every last chance at not having to close evaporated as time progressed. Fearful of my every decision – to keep paying rents and continue to sink or to give up a storefront, students and customers I dearly love.

Then, I remembered a man greater than myself once said:
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural address 1933.

FDR was telling the American people that their fear was making things worse.

During the great depression, if you are old enough to remember (I am not, by the way!), news of the financial calamity caused people to run to the banks and take their money out – and – by so doing, they were causing even more damage to the economy. FDR took “unprecedented” steps during this time: closing banks for several days and calling Congress back to Washington for a special session. This gave the American people and government time to calm down and make recovery plans.

He thoughtfully hit the PAUSE button.

Finding precedent in his actions, my own fears abated and we came to the conclusion that the only way to continue doing what we love is to hit that PAUSE button, and give ourselves the ability to innovate our business forward with a clear head!

Taking a “Pause for the Cause”

So we are not “closing” in a traditional sense of a store closing.
As artists, we are NOT DONE!

We are, instead, taking the necessary steps to stay safe and re-organize, while mindfully acknowledging the volatility of the current socioeconomic and political environment. Big words for an artist? (Sorry, it’s my MBA getting the better of me.)

So while the decision to close our storefront is emotional for me and our customers, (how could it not be?), the decision was not made by emotion. With a cool head, and big plans to continue – we are preserving the potential to re-emerge better than ever! We’ve got this!

Meanwhile – new custom stained glass windows continue to be built – just as they have for more than 16 years! GC Lavender continues to be sold at Farmers’ Markets and online. These online shopping opportunities will be expanded with many more gifty art and jewelry offerings. And we are working on beta platforms for e-learning to take care of many classroom activities.

These new innovations will, understandably, take some time and effort.

In the short term – and as it becomes safe to do so, we will be spending more time coordinating fun events – being freed up a bit from the day-to-day rigors of managing a storefront. And as our art education takes on a fun and exciting new direction, we look forward to seeing all of you at these new events very soon

Your support for our business and our family during the
forced closure has touched my heart so very much
Thank You!
– Rose Jarecki

And, your continued support of our business moving forward is greatly appreciated! Your patronage helps us keep safely under roof at home and it will indeed be a key factor in determining how soon we can land back into a permanent retail space, more convenient for many of you.

Just know – We are NOT DONE!

“We, sadly, will be leaving the 926 Warren Avenue location in Downers Grove, at the end of June, in an effort to preserve capital and continue serving customers online and at other special event venues in the near term.”

June 15th, 2020

As we execute this transition, we hope you will keep in touch with us and continue to support the arts by subscribing to our newsletter, our blog and bookmarking our website.

Please take advantage of our Art for Life Podcasts – pick up some art tips, learn about our progress, and have a few laughs with us! We are beginning to find our voices again, after being knocked for quite a life loop!

Stay safe – be well, and we look forward to being with you again soon!

Embracing Challenges

Being an artist is a chosen life. One I wouldn’t trade for anything. It is a blessing to be able to serve through the creation of things that give others joy. But to think this path is an easy one would be a lie.

There’s a misconception that artist are somehow endowed with a birth right to do what they do. That not everyone can be successful at it, and that almost no one can make a living at it. I am probably biased given what I do but it seems to me that this attitude is a bit defeatist. Nothing irritates me more than hearing visitors to the gallery say things like “I could never….” or “I’m not creative enough…” or “I’m no good at….” before they even try taking a class. Or the ever popular “I’d love to, but I have to wait until I retire…”

Equally as disconcerting are the conversations I witness as parents tell their kids that they should not pursue a creative vocation for fear it won’t pay enough to make a living. Nothing like taking the air out of a child’s balloon! It not only is effective at stealing their joy, but gives them a negative sense of self, as well as lowering their appreciation for the arts.

Instead I offer these truths from the perspective of a living, breathing artist who makes her living with her family by practicing her creative craft and serving others daily.

First and foremost, it’s possible.

Second, it takes work.

Third, it doesn’t happen by accident.

And finally, at least from my perspective, it’s worth it.

Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

Welcome to this week’s Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

Show Notes:

Welcome to episode #10 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Explore the importance of highlights in your art – no matter what your media. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines different approaches to highlighting techniques across drawing and painting forms.

Find our healthy recipes and

Check out our blog at

https://www.galleryschoice.blog/

Join us for classes and events at

https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Episode #10: Inspiration and Iceberg

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Being inspired and excited to try something new makes learning easier!
crystal bracelet
My very first off-loom bead weaving experience!

Resources:

Enjoy some inspiration from these moments in time:



Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Iceberg Lettuce


Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce Wedge

Make simple things special!

An easy elegant way to update the everyday!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce

While iceberg lettuce isn’t as nutrient rich as Romain lettuce or other dark leafy greens, it is still a go to for crunch and freshness! Take the fresh cool taste of summer and enjoy!

Lavender Ranch Iceberg Lettuce

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
  • Print

Take the ordinary and make it special!


Credit: galleryschoice.com

Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk (or regular)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 t. lemon zest
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 3/4 t. culinary lavender, ground
  • 3/4 t. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t. onion powder
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. fine sea salt
  • dash black pepper

Directions

  1. Begin by prepping the iceberg lettuce. Wash the head lettuce and disgard any damaged top leaves.
  2. Cut the head into 6 even wedges.
  3. Let drain on paper towel while preparing dressing.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk mayo, sour cream and buttermilk together until smooth.
  5. Add lemon zest, juice, lavender and spices and mix until well blended.
  6. Transfer into a glass container and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  7. Place lettuce wedges cut side up and drizzle with lavender ranch.
  8. Enjoy!

This recipe pairs perfectly with steak or as a dipping side to hot wings!

If you don’t have a spice grinder, place the lavender between your palms and rub to break down the buds. As you do this releasing the oils of the buds and getting the wonderful fragrance of lavender!

GC Lavender Culinary

Order online and get the best culinary lavender from GC Lavender!

Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

Welcome to this week’s Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

Show Notes:

Welcome to episode #9 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Explore the importance of highlights in your art – no matter what your media. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines different approaches to highlighting techniques across drawing and painting forms.

Find our healthy recipies

Check out our blog at

https://www.galleryschoice.blog/

Episode #9: Highlights and Habaneros

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Commission and collaboration with Artist Carlos Rolan to produce a gorgeous interior.
Custom Stained Glass tryptic beautifies the entryway of a home.
Nancy’s windows done to exacting standards – just gorgeous!

Resources:



Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Habanero Chili Peppers


habanero plate with glove

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

learning to control the heat!

Enjoy the benefits of chilies without burning down the house!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

Welcome to this week’s Podcast!

This one is personal

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

Welcome to episode #8 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Show Notes:

Calm App for help managing Anxiety – check out our blog post or go direct to their page.

Check out the latest on online learning and future class events by visiting our Classes and Events Calendar.

Shop with us. Check out our GC Lavender Boutique and more.

Episode #8: Thoughts for Life

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


Check out more Art for Life Podcasts.
https://galleryschoice.blog/art-for-life-podcast/

See the full transcript.
https://galleryschoice.blog/art-for-life-podcast/art-for-life-podcast-archive/

Resources:

Some will see the fog, some will see the hope.
The Choice is Yours.




Beeswax for Hardworking Hands!

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

Special Recognition:

Royalty free music and sounds in this podcast were sourced from the
YouTube Audio Library
with special shout out to the artists of this episode’s featured tracks:
“Your’re There”
“Stacy and George”
By
The Mini Vandals

habanero plate with glove

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

If you like it hot, but not too hot, this sweet and spicy glaze could be the meeting of the minds!

Habanero maple glaze.  But you don’t like hot stuff, right?  Well, let’s start by saying IT’S NOT HOT.  Its ZAZZY.

We can use a little old-world science to help create a wonderful glaze that’s both sweet and a little spicy.  This is a great glaze for your pork steaks, chicken, or even tofu.  So here we go – and you’ll need to watch closely or the magic will slip right by!

What we have here is a little science for your kitchen.  No, we’re not going to freeze slivers of food with liquid nitrogen or laser chop your veggies into perfect circles.  Don’t be obscene.  It’s food, kids!

The trick is in the prep of the habaneros.  You’re going to quarter them, and then scrape away the insides.  Please, please, please, use a pair of gloves and some safety glasses for this.  You will kick up a little spray when you scrape the insides, but what you’re trying to do is pop the little blisters on the inside of the pepper and remove all the pith.  You do not want to inhale the spray, either – as it can be a respiratory irritant. And the capsaicin, the hot part, is in the pith.  And its why getting some in your eyes is nasty – it won’t immediately dissolve.  So be careful.  Make all that pith go away and then chop the peppers a bit more.

Just to make sure it’s all gone, pop these peppers into a tall glass and cover with either tequila or vodka – basically any clear alcohol will do, but vodka is probably easiest.  This is the magic that really brings down the heat while leaving behind the great flavors a habanero brings to the table.  The capsaicin will be drawn out by the alcohol.

Now a little patience.  This needs time to pull the remaining capsaicin out of the peppers, and it takes some time.  At 30 minutes is still hot.  Around 60 minutes is better.  But by 90 minutes – you’re down to the heat of a bell pepper, so don’t go too far.  Drain in a strainer and press out the liquid with the back of a spoon. 

You can save this booze for a friend, but no joking, it will be hot and you really shouldn’t play a joke on someone with this.  It’s just a bit dangerous as even a small amount can really mess them up.  If you’d like to try some, add ¼ shot of hot vodka to 1 shot not-hot vodka, and sip.  No downing shots, and it’s not a viral challenge – it’s just stupid hot. 

Before you create the glaze, you can sauté your choice of meat in a skillet with an onion.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Cook it until it’s basically done, then remove to a bowl.  We want to use that pan of good scrapings to start our glaze.

Now that you have tasty not-hot peppers, follow the recipe to create your habanero maple glaze.  It’s a great finish to some boring chicken or pork steaks.  It’s zazzy!

Good luck!

One precautionary statement: 
The active ingredient in spicy peppers, Capsaicin, can be extremely irritating on the skin, in the eyes, to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Capsaicin can also cause respiratory distress if inhaled. As with any new thing you try, do so in moderation, and take reasonable precautions to stay safe and healthy.

Safety equipment for handling habaneros
Gloves and eye protection should be used when handling habanero chilis.
Diced Habanero in Vodka
Diced habanero chilies soak in 80 proof alcohol to reduce the bite of capsaisin and allow the flavor of the pepper shine through.

Zazzy Habanero Maple Glaze

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: advanced
  • Rating: ★★★★★
  • Print

If you like it hot, but not too hot, this sweet and spicy glaze could be the meeting of the minds!


Credit: galleryschoice.com Adapted and inspired by Bon Appetit

Ingredients

  • 6 – 8 habanero peppers
  • 3/4 c. 80 proof alcohol (Vodka or Tequila)
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil (plus 2 T. for cooking your choice of meat)
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. thyme
  • 1 large red onion (chopped and divided)
  • 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1 c. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 lb. pork, chicken, or tofu (trimmed to 1″ cubes)

Directions

  1. Before preparing this dish, you need to prep the habanero chilis.
  2. Using gloves and safety glasses to protect skin and eyes from the unforgiving effects of capsaicin oil, begin first by chopping the habaneros in quarters. Carefully remove the seeds and pith by scraping with a spoon. Dice. Soak diced chilis in 3/4 c. of 80 proof alcohol (Vodka or tequila) for between 30 to 60 minutes to dull their heat.
  3. When the habaneros have been soaked to their desired heat intensity, start by sauteing the meat of your choice in 2 T. olive oil and 1/2 of the chopped onion.
  4. Cook the meat fully and set to the side in a bowl.
  5. Use the same pan to start the glaze.
  6. Saute remainder of onions in 2 T. olive oil until translucent.
  7. Strain chilies. Press out remaining alcohol with the back of a spoon.
  8. Add habaneros, garlic, orange zest, cinnamon and thyme and continue to cook until chilis are tender.
  9. Add syrup, orange juice, vinegar and salt and continue cooking on high an additional 6 – 8 minutes until mixture thickens.
  10. Add meat back to pan and simmer 2 – 3 minutes, basting constantly.
  11. Enjoy!

Prepping the Habanero chilies helps control the heat, while maintaining the unique flavor!

Capsaicin is the chemical in peppers that makes them hot. This naturally occurring chemical is polarizing:  It has numerous reported health benefits and is used as a dietary supplement for helping digestive issues, encouraging weight loss. It is used in creams for pain relief, arthritis and helps with skin issues such as psoriasis.  It is being studied for its potential in fighting certain types of cancers.  With these health benefits in mind, I felt it was worth exploring.

Conversely, however, it is used in “natural” insecticides, bear and dog repellents and pepper spray. It can cause blistering on skin, has been thought to cause gastric cancers and can cause severe gastro-intestinal and respiratory distress. 

It is difficult to say who may have sensitivities, and to what degree.  So:

As with any new thing you try, do so in moderation, and take reasonable precautions to stay safe and healthy.

Am I afraid?
No, just prepared – for FLAVOR!

A Quiet Mind

Just wanted to share a resource for you.

I don’t know if you all are finding it surprisingly distracting and noisy where you are as we try to shelter in place. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing, the emails keep coming, text messages keep beeping. One thing is for sure, we don’t know how to slow down! This burst of noise adding to the anxiety of not knowing – it’s amazingly difficult to think clearly. While I am finding this particularly surprising – and given my own personal situation maybe not so surprising – I thought I would take a moment to share a free resource I found from a favorite app – Calm. (No they are not an affiliate and I do not get anything if you sign up!) I just think – given today’s circumstances – many of you may benefit from what they have to offer, if only to bring your awareness back to your breath and quiet the noise of the day so you can think more clearly about the what to do next with your family, your job and your community.

Below I have placed a link to a Calm website page which has some free resources for you to try. (I am listening to some Rain on Leaves as I write this.)

https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

This page has links to many features of their app, but you can access these free without signing up for anything. There are guided meditations, sleep stories, things for kids, even some help on curbing anxiety.

Check out the Calm Mater Class entitled: “Creative Living Beyond Fear,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the New York Times best seller Eat Pray Love, powerfully reminds us that we are all creative beings. Whether you dream of expressing yourself more fully, sharing your story, building something beautiful, or sprinkling more magic in your day-to-day life, this Calm Masterclass is the perfect place to begin your creative process.

I absolutely love Elizabeth’s explanation of creativity and how co-creation and creative living is any life that chooses the path of curiosity instead of fear. The loving artist. The persistence within you. Give this a listen!

Hope you can find some peace in this time of uncertainty – but realize that this peace comes from within.

Be well.

Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

Welcome to this week’s “Lucky 7” Art for Life Podcast!

Art for life podcast by Gallery’s Choice
Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

Welcome to episode #7 of the Art for Life Podcast! Check out our show notes below for helpful links to the recipes mentioned in the show.

Don’t forget to subscribe!
Take us with you and find us on iTunes, GooglePlay and Spotify!

Take your painting skills to the next level by exploring the techniques of Renaissance Masters. Your host, artist Rose Jarecki, outlines one of the most remarkable painting techniques, known as Grisaille, and takes you step by step through the process of an oil painting.

Show Notes:

Episode #7: Grisaille and Garbanzos

This is the Art for Life Podcast by Gallery’s Choice, and I am your host, Rose Jarecki. Gallery’s Choice’s Art for Life Podcast series. Meant to explore the creative side of life by sharing tips techniques, inspirations and recipes with the goal of living well.  Whether you are an artist, an artist wanna be, a regular Jane or Joe Doe, with some time to kill, I promise there is something in here for all of you. We will talk about our business and how to be a great career creative. We will get you started if you never, or you never knew you could. And we will share anything we discover on the topics of being healthy, happy and wise…


I love teaching the old masters technique relating to grisaille.  I find it empowering for students working in oil, or in glass, to really refine their thinking regarding light, shading and color.  It also refines drawing skills which, in my book, always need practice!

That said, it is a process, so don’t be intimidated!  Once we break it down, you will get the idea and then through practice, you will make it your own!  You got this!

To start a Grisaille underpainting, you will need:

A subject – and some great composition. (Stay tuned to future episodes for help on creating the optimal composition for your paintings.)

 A wooden panel or canvas support,

Acrylic gesso

An acrylic gesso brush

Oil paint colors:

  • Titanium White
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Raw Sienna

(I do not paint with Black – as it is the absence of color and light, and prefer to mix my black from Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue)

In addition, future sessions you will need colors as needed to glaze your subject – transparent preferred: like Alzirium Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Veridian Green, etc.

The Old Master’s Trinity:

  1. Linseed Oil (artist grade, thin)
  2. Damar Varnish
  3. Turpentine

Webers Turpenoid Natural (an AP non-toxic go to cleaner for oil paint brushes)

A selection of oil painting brushes, including:

Soft mop, or round blender brush

Flat hogs-hair brushes, small and medium

Round soft, squirrel or mongoose-hair brush

Thin round for highlights and fine lines

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Resources:

Grisaille Painting Still Life
Grisaille Painting Still Life
The Verdaccio grey scale visual reference
Verdaccio green-grey scale

Closeup of Apples Grisaille in Process

Grisaille technique was used in 15th century stained glass and enameling, and the use of glass stainers’ paints and vitreous enamels are used to this day by contemporary glass artists.

15th Century Stained Glass Grisaille Enamel: Magi Herod from Wikipedia Commons
15th Century Stained Glass Grisaille Enamel: Magi Herod from Wikipedia Commons
Student Artist Jeff Hein working on Grisaille commission “Old Town”

Jeff’s subject lending itself to Grisaille work, bringing definition and lighting to dramatic focus.

Culinary Arts:

If you joined us for our first episode you already know that Bill and I are committed to the goal of increasing our “food literacy” by researching and sharing our new found understanding of eating fresh foods. So each week this season, we will be sharing what we discover about one fruit or vegetable that we never tried before and share our discoveries with you. Hope you enjoy this culinary artist side of us and get inspired to eat healthy and enjoy fresh flavors!

Recipes:

Veggie of the Week: Garbanzos (AKA Chick Peas)


Humble Hummus

with freshly-made Tahini

Enjoy the quick and tasty way to add plant-based protein in to your diet!


GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

GC Lavender Herbs de Provence

Sponsors:

This episode was sponsored by Gallery’s Choice. Gallery’s Choice is a family-friendly art and gift gallery with a hands on art focus. Featuring the stained glass art of Rose and Bill Jarecki, the art gallery is home to more than 75 local area artists in a variety of media. In it’s 16th year of operation in the Downers Grove, IL area, the gallery teaches classes for young and old at all skill levels in glass art, including stained glass, fused glass, mosaics; fine art, drawing, painting (watercolor, oils and acrylics), and jewelry including metalsmithing, silver clay, and enameling. For a full line up of current classes, check out https://galleryschoice.blog/gallerys-choice-classes-and-events/

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