My summer

So a week ago I hosted a watercolor challenge (on the suggestion of my daughter) on IG! It was a mini challenge with prompts related to my favorite season – Summer! And I’m going to share my work from that challenge. It was a wonderful experience and it was refreshing to see some very beautiful pieces of artworks by talented artists on instagram.

My favorite summer dessert!

I used to love the mountains and streams (and I still do) but the sea has changed me. The wide blue skies, the turquoise waters and the golden beach….need I say more?

I totally believe in this quote by Kellie Elmore. Do you?

What is your favorite thing to do on summer days/evenings? Stargazing is one of my fav activities (not just during summer) and whenever I spot the Orion I’m ecstatic!

Florals are my favorite things to paint not just with watercolors but also digitally on procreate. And dragonflies have become my signature style as I just can’t stop painting them!

Tell me what do you love most about summer? I would really love to hear from you!

Until the next post😀

Reflections from summer

Here is the collage of scenes in watercolor I had mentioned in my post ‘Feeling Nostalgic‘. It’s a collection of pictures I painted from photos I’d taken during summer at San Antonio, Orlando and Miami.

When we visit places, we really soak in the experience – the colors, scents and sounds but as soon as we’re back home, we get entangled in the mesh of a thing called ‘life’. It is then, when we browse through the pictures and videos, we try to relive those moments. But it’s only while painting some of those memories do they come most alive. The process is so meditative…. it is much much more than just looking at a picture; it feels as if I am transported back into that precise moment! And so it was when I created this collage – the pink flamingos at the Sea World, gigantic cypress trees lining the River Walk, the castle from the Magic kingdom, and the warm emerald waters – everything came back to life once again!

Hello Summer! Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

An earthy, crunchy, sweet salad for summer!

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Ingredients

1/2 cup wild rice

1/2 cup brown lentils

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 medium sized carrot chopped

1 tomato de seeded and chopped

3/4 cup chopped cucumbers

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon finely chopped serrano pepper (optional)

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

1 tablespoon roasted pumpkin seeds

Lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

Soak the wild rice and lentils in hot water separately for 30 minutes. Drain them. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to wild rice and 1 cup water to the lentils in separate saucepans. Bring them to a boil. Lower the heat and let the rice cook until most of the water has evaporated. Then cover it and cook in lowest heat until rice has cooked. Note – wild rice takes longer than regular rice to cook.

Lower the heat in lentils and cook until soft but not mushy.

While the rice and lentils are cooking, mix the rest of the ingredients together except the salt, lemon juice and olive oil.

Drain the lentils and let it cool to room temperature along with the rice. Add these to the vegetable mixture. Now add the salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Combine everything gently.

Serve as it is and Enjoy😋

NOTE: Cooking wild rice takes some practice so don’t feel discouraged if your rice turns out a little mushy (as mine did). Spread this rice in a thin layer on a plate and let it cool for about 30 minutes. By this time rice loses its mushiness (if any) and holds its texture and shape when stirred together with the rest of the ingredients.

If there’s another way to cook wild rice please share!