Saturday, April 15, 2017

Recipe Contest - Baraboo School District - Vegan Curry Lentils

I'm entering a healthy recipe contest for Baraboo School District, and wanted to post the recipe here on my blog.

This is an easy to prepare meal, that I make at least once a week. It keeps well, and I will put leftovers into Tupperware and bring to school for lunch. This recipe is free of the 7 major inflammatory foods, which include 1. Added Sugar or artificial sweeteners 2. Corn 3. Gluten 4. Dairy 5. Eggs 6. Peanuts 7. Soy.

*I am not allergic to any of the above foods, but I find that my body responds very well to a lifestyle that does not include any of the 7 foods listed above.

Curried Lentils
This vegan lentil curry is absolutely amazing, it’s a simple and easy recipe, but it takes time, although it’s totally worth it. It’s also exotic, spicy, tasty, creamy and it has an intense coconut flavor. If you like curry, lentils and coconut, you need to try this recipe!

The ingredients. Missing is a can of coconut milk. 
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce 
  • ⅔ cup coconut milk 
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons curry
  • 1 Sweet Potato

  1. Cook lentils according to package. I used La Preferida brand, and cooked the entire package in 5 cups of water. Bring the lentils and water to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for around 30 minutes. Drain and set aside
  2.  Chop the sweet potato into bite size pieces in olive oil, until the pieces are cooked through.
  3. Cook the Basmati Rice according to the directions. I brought 1 1/2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water to a boil, and then simmered until it was done.
  4. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and the onion (finely chopped) and cook them until golden brown. Add the tomato sauce, coconut milk and spices and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add cooked lentils, stir and cook for at least 15 or 20 minutes over medium heat.
  6. Cook basmati rice according to package directions. We cooked them for 12 minutes over medium high heat. Drain and set aside.
  7. Serve the lentils over the basmati rice. You can add cilantro on top.

Getting the party started!
The lentils are cooked and set aside, and now I am starting the onion and garlic

This is where the magic happens - coconut milk!
Garam masala is a mixture of spices common in Indian cuisine. I couldn't find it in Baraboo, You could get it at Maharaja Grocery in Madison, but I ordered this brand from Amazon:
getting ready to add the lentils

The Finished Dish - Enjoy!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Workshop April 28, 29, 30

Spring Comes Alive
On the Banks of the Baraboo River
Plein Air Workshop

April 28, 29 ,30
Noon - 7PM
Workshop held at the Chicken Coop Studio
S3749 Schneider Rd. Rock Springs, WI 53961
To Register, Click Here


Submerse yourself in the experience of plein air painting in an amazing and peaceful location during the last weekend in April!

The class will start each day at my farm, in the Chicken Coop Studio. My farm is bordered by the Baraboo River. We will put on our rubber boots and hike a mile and a half past an exceptional spring marsh to a remote clearing by the river.

Besides the budding trees, we should see marsh marigolds and a variety of spring greens, pinks, and yellows contrasted by the color of the water. It is very peaceful by the river and a perfect location to loose yourself in a painting. I love it out there. During afternoons out sketching, I have been visited by beavers, cranes, ducks and the Bald eagles that have nested in the pine trees. This is the time to paint the river as it gets very overgrown during the summer.

I will share my process with you through slideshows, written notes, video's and demonstration paintings. We will focus on the essentials of observing and recording the fundamentals of value, shape, and color. This class will strengthen your relationship with color and composition and you will loosen up and have a lot of fun in the process.

I am limiting the space in the workshop to 8 participants.
To register please click the paypal link above,
Or you can pay by check by mail.
If you have any questions, please email me at

Once you have registered, I will email you a supplies list, and the pre class reading. I'll look forward to working with you in April!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Devils Lake from the West Bluff Trail

Devils Lake from the West Bluff Trail 16x20"

This painting was from July. There is a service trail to get up to the top of the West Bluff trail, meaning that it's possible to get to the top in 10 minutes instead of a half hour. You have to park on the side of South Shore Road, by the maintenance shop. 
When I was painting up there, I had 10 year old (going on 17) Maci with me. She was a good sport about going out painting every morning this summer. She didn't want me to do more than one a day, but I can understand that. Most people get sick of my painting habit after a while as it takes time.
When I was paining this, I was finding some fun colors. I felt like I was painting with candy. I guess that it was because of the moisture in the air, and the distance. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Terrytown Farm 12x16"

I paint all the time on Terrytown Road. I always have. Last weekend, while I was painting in Baraboo, two different people asked me if I was painting out on Terrytown.
There's a few reasons that I like Terrytown. It's close to my place. I live on a beautiful 100 acre farm, bordered by the Baraboo River, but there isn't the opportunity for atmospheric perspective here like there is on Terrytown (not that it's featured in this piece, but you know what I mean). I know several people on Terrytown, like the Terry's and my friend Erica grew up at this farm for the first few years of her life. It's littered with beautiful farms and views of the bluffs, so I'll keep painting there.
This piece is from last October,

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bales and Barn 16x20" oil on panel

Gerald Ott owns this farm. It's out on Pleasant Valley Road, which is off of Terrytown Road. Gerald is a nice guy. He likes to grow vegetables and sell them at the Baraboo farmers Market. He has his hands full with the farm, the cattle, and he also does some mowing for one of the townships. 
I've painted out at his place a handful of times over the past year. I was even out there twice in December, after a big snow. This painting is at McFee on Main in Mount Horeb. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Falling Barn

The old Bindl Barn 24x30" oil on panel

This monster is located between Rock Springs and Baraboo. The new owner inherited it from her father a few years ago, and she gave me the history of the place. It actually served as a chicken coop from the 50's on, this has to be one of the largest chicken coops I've seen. 
The place is falling down. I've painted it from the other side a few times over the years, and I'm glad that I have as it will probably be torn down this year. This time, I wanted to paint the lit side of the barn, so I asked permission to walk down by the field to paint. It turns out she is a substitute teacher for Baraboo schools, just like me.
While I was painting, the Baraboo Bluffs were to my back, and the owner served me vegan muffins and soup. It was very peaceful and nice to be out there painting on some nice sunny days in November.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Fever

The temperatures are rising. The past week has had temperatures in the 50's and 60's. I was out painting all weekend in Baraboo, and everyone was out walking their dogs, riding bicycles, and playing at the parks. I think everyone has a touch of spring fever.

I've had some good times painting spring in Baraboo over the past few years. In honor of the warm weather, I wanted to post some of them here. By the end of the week we will be back to the 30's. After we shake winter, there will be a couple months of mud season, but there is hope, May is coming!

East Street Plum 12x16" 2011
Platteville House and Fence 6x8" 2013

Magnolia Branch 20x16" 2012

Blossoming Branches 20x24" 2013

Baraboo Magnolia 11x14" 2016

Plum Street 16x20" 2012
Plum and Picket 9x12" 2016

Marsh Magnolias 16x12" 2012

Spring Explosion 18x18" 2012

Tulip and Fence 12x24" 2011

Baraboo Cherry Tree 24x20" 2012

Forsythia 18x18" 2016

May in Cedarburg 8x10" 2014

Flowering Branch 24x20" 2016

Flowering 12x16" 2016

East Street 12x12" 2011
Baraboo Cherry Tree 18x18" 2016

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Two Barns From The Family

Schneider Farm 12x12" oil on panel 
Backlit Barn 20x24" oil on panel

I live on a century farm. The farm has been in the family since 1911. The first painting above was painted at the farm next door, where my Grandpa grew up. the second painting was where my Great Aunt Elva grew up. She milked cows in this barn, and it's located on HWY S.

Painting has given me a sense of place in this area. I didn't know that my great aunt grew up at that farm, until after I painted it, and my Mother recognized it.

Terry Farm Shed

Terry Farm Shed 12x12" oil on canvas
The sugar maple tree behind this shed turns orange every September. Its a smaller tree, and only receives light in the afternoon, and I use it to gauge the start of autumn. This is the Terry farm, on Terrytown Road, which is my go-to road to find subjects.

This painting is available at McFee on Main, located at 400 E Main St. In Mount Horeb, WI. I have around 25 landscape paintings displayed there. The space is beautiful and I am flattered to have a space close to Madison.

Here is another farm on Terrytown Road. If you ever want to come out and paint in the area around Baraboo, drop me a line, and I can show you around my favorite farms.

Summer Landscapes - Devils Lake and Fields

Devils Lake 16x20 oil on panel 
North Freedom Fields 16x20 oil on panel

July Humidity 16x20 oil on panel 

"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." -Henry David Thoreau

Friday, August 5, 2016

Painting In Door County

Eagle Panorama at Peninsula State Park. 16x20" oil on panel

Sturgeon Bay 16x20" oil on panel
I was up in Door County this week, teaching a painting class for teens at the Peninsula School of Art. The class went really well. On each day we had a drawing exercise in the morning, and then we went out onto the grounds of the school to paint outdoors. I went out in the evenings to paint as well. The top painting is from Eagle Panorama at Peninsula State Park. The bottom painting was created in Sturgeon Bay, there is a little tugboat at the right of the building.
It was a great time, but just before the trip, I got a email from Martha Huthchinson saying that she was leaving the school. Martha has been the youth program coordinator since 2012, and her parents own Clay Bay pottery in Ellison Bay. Martha and I worked on several classes over the past five years. I enjoy the energy of working with youth students on classes such as the plein air class and we even have held classes on screen printing skateboard decks. I will miss seeing Martha's smiling face at the school, she is always so helpful and ran a great program. The youth program will continue, and I will be back on board for next year as well.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Online Show


I have a show up at Blue Heron in Reedsburg. I hung the show today, and shot some photos of the paintings during the process. I have posted several of the pieces from the show, please scroll down to check them out. If you are in the area, please stop by to see us on Saturday!