Love Of My Life

Graphite on paper.

Graphite on paper.

This is a quick sketch I did of my son who will be turning 13 this year.  His face has morphed into more chiseled features since his baby chub has all gone away =(  .  I am still learning about values and shading.  Of course, music is always on when I am focusing on art.  I listened to Amy Winehouse and Claude Young’s Celestial Bodies as I was drawing…love it!

Because SORBET

From top to bottom:  Campari Grapefruit Sorbet, Pineapple Mint Sorbet, No-cook Vanilla Ice Cream

From top to bottom: Campari Grapefruit Sorbet, Pineapple Mint Sorbet, No-cook Vanilla Ice Cream

I recently borrowed a friend’s ice cream maker because of a sorbet hankering I had.  The result: 2 sorbets and vanilla ice cream!

No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream


1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups whole milk
Chill the base.
Follow instructions on ice cream maker.

Campari Grapefruit Sorbet
3 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Campari
1/8 cup of minced mint
In a small sauce pot on low heat, warm the sugar and grapefruit juice until sugar is dissolved.
Mix in Campari
Chill the base.
Follow instructions on ice cream maker

Pineapple Sorbet
1 small pineapple, cored and cut into small chunks
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/8 cup mint
In a blender, on puree, puree pineapple and sugar until sugar crystals have dissolved and pineapple has a creamy consistency.
Add lemon juice and mint and quick blend.
This recipe does not require an ice cream maker!  Just do the old fashioned way:  put in the freezer until slightly frozen (about 2 hours).  Give it a good stir and finish freezing.  Should be a creamy consistency!

Of the 3 recipes, the Pineapple Mint sorbet was probably my favorite.  My boyfriend and Jill (who let me borrow the ice cream maker)LOVES the Grapefruit Campari.  I’m guessing my son will love the Pineapple Mint as well!  Enjoy these recipes friends!!

Inspiring Artist: Satoru Abe

Hawaii State Art Museum.  Satoru Abe mini sculptures with my son in the back ground.

Hawaii State Art Museum. Satoru Abe mini sculptures with my son in the back ground.

I found out about Satoru through my older sister who volunteers at the Japanese Cultural Center in Hawaii.  On one of my trips back home, she told me “Hey, you need to go to this guy’s gallery.  He opens it to the public once a week and you can buy him food and he will sit and talk to you for as long as you want!”  Intrigued by this, my mom, grandma, nephew, son and I made a trek to Satoru Abe’s gallery, ready with delicious pupus (appetizers) and of course a six pack of beer.  He, along with his brother and a fellow artist friend, were such a gracious hosts, and we were lucky enough to be the only patrons that day so all of his attention was with us.

McDonald's memorabilia

McDonald’s memorabilia

He sat down with my son and brought out his collection of McDonald’s memorabilia and taught him the ways of “collecting”. Then brought out huge photo albums chronicling his adventures in art.  He’s been around for awhile.  I fell in love with his intricate sculptures and simple paintings.

Lunch time with Satoru in his Art Studio.

Lunch time with Satoru in his Art Studio.

We sat in the main showroom of his gallery on this table that was made out of a huge tree trunk.  “I made this” he said.  He continued to tell us the story of the table and how he had the trunk shipped to Hawaii.  We were honored.  He is often called the “Godfather of Hawaii’s Art Scene” and rightfully so.  He, along with a group of 6, male, Japanese-American artists from Hawaii started a little art niche called Metcalf Chateau in 1950.  This group inspired and mentored each other and was at the forefront of the flourishing art scene in Hawaii. These artists continue to support each other through their love of art.

Stairs to the second level of Satoru Abe's gallery

Stairs to the second level of Satoru Abe’s gallery

Walking through his gallery, you can see the different mediums and techniques.  It has a huge range from portraiture, abstract painting and sculpting.  He is passionate about art and didn’t listen to his parent’s advice upon telling them he was going to quit his dairy job to be an artist.  “Well, be prepared to be poor”.  The fact that he carried out his passion and continued to do so is what inspired me.  On top of all that, he remains to be one of the most down to earth, humble, and appreciative artists I have ever met.  He reminds me a lot of my grandpa too.  =)

Giving my son a history lesson.

Giving my son a history lesson.

If you are ever on Oahu, visit Satoru Abe’s art gallery.

signing autographs with Satoru

signing autographs with Satoru

How Safe Is Your Food?

A Dash of Cinema

world health day

The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety. As someone who loves food, I consider the safety of our food and where it comes from an important issue. The World Health Organization claims that “over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances.” Pretty scary. From books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Salt, Sugar, Fat to the many documentaries that are being produced, there’s no shortage of resources to educate ourselves. Take some time this World Health Day to learn more about where your food comes from and the issues surrounding our health, the food industry, and what we’re putting into our bodies. Here are 10 documentaries to get started…

1. Food Chains – A group of workers work to overcome corporate greed and end abuse in America’s fields, revealing what actually feeds our country.

2. Forks Over Knives – This documentary…

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