The Art of Food

I googled “the Art of Food” and I found Alisa Barry’s wonderful blog on – surprise surprise, THE ART OF FOOD.

Clearly I was meant to find this for her most recent post is “Cooking for the love of it.”  She  says cooking is “an altar of artistic expression.” I have always felt that was true as long as I had a least a bit of time and some nice ingredients. Since Alisa Barry has said it so well – I have quoted her words from her blog. If you are a foodie, and love the Art of Food then I would recommend her blog, it is elegant and full of yummy words, tips, and recipes.

Here are Alisas words:

Even if you love to cook, there are times when cooking is simply about getting food on the table and sustenance in our stomachs.
And then there are the times when cooking is all about the LOVE. 
Cooking for those we love, with love.

This past week a dear friend needed some serious TLC. …
It also reminded me why I love to cook. It’s an offering and an altar of artistic expression. It’s a way to soothe the soul; a delicious salve that can heal all kinds of wounds. It’s how we connect with those we love and recollect those we miss.  It is, above all, a way to nourish and nurture us wholly, whether we’re the ones who are putting the meal together or savoring at the table. 

For a few days after my visit to stock her fridge, my friend sweetly texted me about how she loved the flavors of the dishes I had prepared. In those few words, I felt her strength regain and her spirit revive.  I’m convinced that intention is everything. Food tastes good when good goes into it. Good ingredients, good loving. 

I’m hoping we won’t have to wait for another event like this to get us sitting down to share a meal together.  Life is short and time does indeed fly by.  No time like now to enjoy with those you love. “

For me she has beautifully tied up and wrapped in a lovely gift box – The Art of Food. ♥ Yum!


I could not help myself.  Another side of the coin for “The Art of Food.”  This is too fun to be left out.

Food Art
Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann: Food Play

“If there were ever two people who didn’t listen to their mothers they would be Elffers and Freymann. The collaborators have written over a dozen books together, all of them tackling the subject of playing with your food and turning everyday fruits and vegetables into incredibly cute animals and anthropomorphic characters. All their creations are appropriate for all ages and may help you feed your kids broccoli and other pesky greens!

food Bikers
Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle – Microsculptures

Sculpture The Roses, and Park Ave. N.Y.C.

Roses and Bugs Park Ave. NYC
The Roses (and Bugs) Park Ave. NYC Thanks to: Will Ryman (artist) , Paul Kasmin Gallery, and The Fund for Park Ave.

RUSH to NYC if you can to see these 38 larger than life Roses!  These GREAT BIG WONDERFUL Roses, and all the LITTLE CREATURES, on them will only be around a bit longer on Park Ave. If you missed them you truly miss a delightful art display and fabulous installation of public art! The art made me smile every time I went by them. They will be wilting away on May 31.

The art is from Will Ryman, who is a Bowery-based playwright turned sculptor. The octet of blossoms and each petal are made of plaster, wire mesh, PVC tubes, stainless steel, yacht-grade fiberglass resin, automotive paint, and brass designed to withstand the elements and be enjoyed by passersby. They are between 57th and 67th Streets.  The Height of each bunch is approx. 25 feet high (i.e. 4 or 5 NY stories high.) I got to see the flowers in the winter, in the snow, and they were delightful and surreal. An oddity that my brain knew was seasonally wrong, but my heart loved seeing! When I went back in the spring it was glorious again. My soul was so happy to see the real tulips and other flowers blooming, the reality of it being a bit early for roses didn’t bother me one iota. It was a splash of color and life – a sight to be seen, and a scene to be experienced.  ART that makes me smile, lifts up my spirits and soul, is available to all – that is good stuff!

Many of the roses are already sold, if you want one then be quick to come up with $200-400,000. Or, just buy a petal; you can use it as a chair- really! It will only set you back $25-$30,000. According to Ryman (in Jan. when The Roses went up)

“About half of the works on view have already been sold. The proceeds from these sales made the installation a reality because the $800,000 in expenses were covered by the artist. Whatever isn’t sold by the time they come down in late May will probably be put on loan by the Paul Kasmin Gallery, said Ryman. “

I was talking to my Dad not long ago, and were chatting about The Botanical Beauties and Beasties. One of the things he said was ” they make me smile.” A friend also recently told me the same, she said ” Your creations make me smile every day.”  I thought how great is that!  I was thrilled.  As I reflected on these very kind and wonderful words to my ears, I remembered a mission I had set out for myself when I started creating the Beauties and Beasties. This mission had sort of been forgotten by me lately. Thanks to Dad and to Chris for reminding me. I wanted, and still want,  The Beauties and Beasties (who BTY were called The Critters at that time) to make people smile, and feel good! The world seems like a pretty hostile place often and it seems important to sooth those rough edges a bit if I can. I am honored, thrilled, delighted, and proud that one of the missions of  The Botanical Beauties and Beasties has come to fruition.  Now that is REALLY GREAT STUFF!

In the near future I am planning on telling you all some of the other goals that the Gang at Botaniumus and I have. We have big plans! In the meantime, Enjoy NYC, Park Ave on a near perfect spring 2011 day!

To read an interesting article from, of all places, The New York Social Diary, the first month the Roses bloomed on Park (Jan.)

Naturally the NYTimes had a review in Jan as well.

To see them in the snow The Huffington Post. or a slideshow from Paul Kasmin Gallery 

The Sign for “The Roses” 

Prints, Art and Joseph Borg

ART WEEK – Part 2. So much fun last week we continue..

Joseph Borg: New York moments metropolitan (no33)

I met Joe outside the MET, on the sidewalk to be exact.  It was a beautiful spring afternoon, and Joe had a table full of beautiful art work.  “Joseph Borg, an artist and master printer, specializes in the traditional intaglio method, utilizing the monoprint technique as a means of endless experimentation. Joseph’s work has been exhibited and well received in the U.S. and abroad. His work has been chosen to be the first and only visual art found in the living quarters of Biosphere II, a life-sustaining experimental habitat in Oracle, Arizona.” ( Very Cool, and Very Green!)

I just had to stop and look, the work has a quality and finesse  that I could not walk by. The colors in his prints are often vivid, like the city of NYC that he lives in, and I like it!

We chatted a bit and he told me that these prints are a mix of painting, drawing and embossing. He then told me these are also often Mixed Media prints, meaning if there is one he doesn’t like it get ripped up and fragments are added to other and a new image is formed. Recycling IN the art. How great is that!

I couldn’t resist and bought a print then and there. I hope you will be moved to do so as well when you see his images on his website.

Bettcha didn't know…

It’s fun fact Friday – and since it’s been an ART week  we will have ART facts.

Artist: Picasso’s First Word: Pencil. It’s like Picasso was born an artist: his first word was “piz,” short of lápiz the Spanish word for ‘pencil.’ His father Ruiz, an artist and art professor, gave him a formal education in art starting from the age of 7. By 13, Ruiz vowed to give up painting as he felt that Pablo had surpassed him.

Painting: Leonardo DaVinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503. He was still working on the painting when he emigrated to France in 1516 and is believed to have finished it three years later, just before he died. The painting has remained in France ever since and is owned by the state. It once hung in Napoleon’s bedroom…X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.

Architecture: The Eiffel Tower is 984 feet highland  receives a fresh coat of 300 tons of reddish-green paint every seven years.
The extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty is 42 feet long.

Words: “The Wizard of Oz” – where did the word “Oz” come from? – Baum said he looked at the filing cabinet which was labeled “A-N” and “O-Z.” He chose the latter, otherwise it might have been The Wizard of An.

 The Beatles song “Martha My Dear” was written by Paul McCartney about his sheepdog Martha.

See you all next week!