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Beach Decor and Shrimp Tacos

Beach Decor and Shrimp Tacos

News: PopUp Gallery, beachy announcement, new art bowls, ocean magnets, new payment options, webstore update, and shrimp tacos!

Painted Octopus Bowl ©EclecticDawnArtsThere are WAVES of artwork being prepped for the PopUp Gallery here in Danville next Saturday! (EDIT: event is now over) Rebecca Wright is heading up this community event, a free opportunity for new artists to dip their toes into the show world without setup fees. The Gallery walls will be constructed of used palettes (I love the recycled aspect of this). I am excited to be a part of this event that my friend, and hope to see you there! Here’s an article from the Danville Register Bee about the event: http://www.godanriver.com/entertainment_lifestyles/lifestyles/new-art-exhibit-to-pop-up-saturday-in-danville/article_92785470-52e5-11e7-8fb7-d73f27b500f3.html

New artwork is up in my etsy shop! Also, you can now check out as a guest (you don’t need to have an etsy account), and there are more payment options than before!
Ocean Ornaments and MagnetsPainted Leatherback Baby Turtles Bowl ©EclecticDawnArts
More beach decor items are up in our on-site shop, too! Check out the adorable ocean-themed driftwood magnets and ornaments which are woodburned and embellished with colored pencil. Colorful beachy boho! They can hang anywhere year ’round to bring a bit of the beach to your corner of the world! The newest painted bowls include turtles, octopus, leatherback babies, a stylized sea urchin, and an aboriginal Kiwi bird. My Exotica Pandora station got a workout while I was painting, with the sounds of Martin Denny, Don Ho, Bruddah Iz, and Don Tiki floating through the Kukui Lagoon while creating all this artwork…more to come!

The next project is SURFBOARDS as wall art. I have always dreamed of painting surfboards, and they are impossible to find here, so I decided to cut out my own smaller version to paint! More on those next time.

©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Turtles Bowl in purple and blue ©EclecticDawnArts Tribal Kiwi Jewelry Tray, handpainted wood art wall art surfboard template

Here’s my fun ANNOUNCEMENT from Southport, NC – and nope, my beach hair don’t care! Heading to the Myrtle Beach or Outer Banks area? Stop at The Painted Mermaid in Southport, NC, where you can adopt some of my artwork. Be sure to tell Amy (the owner) and Laurie that Eclectic Dawn sent you! I am so excited to have my work in such a colorful, eclectic place FULL of vibrant energy, repurposed love, schparklez, feminine empowerment, humor, mermaids, shells, and an artistic beach vibe…MY PEOPLE!!

SUMMER RECIPE

It’s time for one of our summer favorites in the Ventimiglia household: SHRIMP TACOS! We like ’em spicy, but you can tone ’em down, if you must. *wink* Easy, fast, and DELICIOUS, they pair nicely with a tiki cocktail (choose a cocktail from my “Treasures from the Kukui Lagoon” book).
Shrimp TacosI make a simple marinade which doubles as a dressing using a small bit of olive oil, Rose’s Lime Juice, a splash of lemon juice, a bit of oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper, Burman’s, cayenne, garlic, and honey. I never measure. If you like garlic, use more. If you don’t like cilantro, use less. The honey offsets the heat nicely.
I use about 2/3rds of that mixture as a marinade for the shrimp (about 15 minutes in a ziplock), and set aside the rest for the taco fixin’s, which consist of avocado, grape tomatoes, romaine hearts, a bit of Mexican corn, and just a few black olives, roughly chopped. You could add some black beans (my hubby’s not fond of them or they would be LOADED). I  chop all the fixin’s, mix them together, then toss with the reserved dressing RIGHT BEFORE we are going to eat.
While heating up a cast iron skillet, warm up some flour tortillas (I warm them in the toaster oven JUST long enough to give them some character – or if you want to get fancy, warm them in a cast iron skillet).
Sear the shrimp in a skillet just long enough to cook. Toss the fixin’s with the dressing. Put some of the fixin’s and some shrimp in your tortillas, drizzle with fresh lime juice and hot sauce, and EAT! Super easy, super fast, super YUM!!
With love and gratitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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Creating An Adult Coloring Book

Creating An Adult Coloring Book

Skelly on a rusty bikeHappy Halloween! Just a few days away from a spectacular full-moon-on-a-Saturday Halloween! Buckets of candy? Check! Skelly on a bike? Check! Costume? Not yet…but I’m working on something. I could give out candy in my civvies, but where’s the fun in THAT?

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsHow To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

I am seriously addicted to freshly roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to them all year long! As I pull pumpkin guts, I place the seeds in a bowl of water. I rinse and swish them around in a colander in the sink, removing the last of the pumpkin shrapnel. Soak the seeds in very salty water for about an hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place drained seeds in a shallow baking tray (with sides), and sprinkle with salt (or add cayenne or garlic or butter). Put in the oven for 20 minutes, take them out, stir them so they all get premium heat exposure, and then put back in the oven. I keep repeating 20 minute cycles until they are crispy. Allow to cool, then store in a jar. See how long you can make them last! They DON’T last long here.

Using garden photos as reference.Huzzah! “My Mother’s Garden” Adult Coloring Book is off to the printers and should be in my etsy shop soon! Almost half were sold during pre-orders.
(EDIT: available here on EDA and in etsy shop!)
I had such a great time creating this one, there will be more. The next? “Ocean Rhythms”! This flower garden book is unusual in that the artwork is done in an artist’s sketch style instead of computer-generated line drawings, so as you color the pages in, you become the artist! Here are the steps I went through to create this sketchbook-style coloring book:

  1. Select 25 photos of Mom’s garden (the book will be 26 pages, including intro).
  2. Create sketches using the photos as reference.
  3. Ink the sketches with a fine-line marker, so they’ll look crisp in the book.
  4. Erase all the pencil lines (note to self: buy electric eraser). Double check to make sure all pencil is gone.
  5. Scan each at 300 DPI.
  6. Do digital touch ups, add borders/text, and then export as a cpt, flattened jpg, and pdf, using Corel.
  7. Create front cover and back cover graphics in Corel. Export cpt, jpg, pdf.
  8. Create cpt with interior intro page text. Save as cpt. Export as jpg and pdf.
  9. Create pdf file including ALL the flattened images. Basically, the book as a pdf.
  10. Triple check that EVERY word and page looks EXACTLY how it should. Check it again. And again.
  11. Upload files to printer and place my order for a proof copy.
  12. Approve hard copy proof. Finalize full order.

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We’re going to be featured in Vintage Camper Trailers!

Another huzzah! We just got word that our vintage camper is going to be featured in the November 2015 issue of Vintage Camper Trailers magazine! *happy dance* If you love vintage trailers, VCT is an invaluable resource of materials, ideas, and rally schedules, and the photos are downright amazing. Vintage trailer folk are a special breed, for sure, very generously sharing info and kindnesses at rallies and across the internet. Look up VCT on Facebook or their website, and when you subscribe, tell Paul that Eclectic Dawn sent you!

Tiki book
Click for etsy shop.

If you need a great stocking stuffer for the adults, how about a little book of tiki history, drink and food recipes, and even a few sketches to color in?
Grab your copy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187636839/tiki-drinks-food-recipe-book-treasures or you can grab a copy here on EclecticDawnArts!

shirtWe’ve added more dance items to our zazzle shop in a huge variety of colors and styles, such as our most popular “5,6,7,8 Dancer Clocks”: bellydancers, leaping modern dancers, in orange, blue, green, purple, aqua…with various beautiful background designs, and we’ve added WATCHES, too. ALSO, a whole new category of “I Heart Dance” items! I adore this swing shirt as comfy practice wear!

And so begins the holiday dash of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s! It always seems like such a blur, with so much to create, to clean, people to visit, and events to attend.
Lola and Pumpkins
NOTE: If you are considering a commissioned piece for Christmas, my schedule is filling up quickly.
“Now” may seem early to you, but we have a lot of people expecting us to create unique gifts for them, and if you want one done, too, you need to order early enough for us to 1) fit your special gift into the paint schedule, and 2) ship it in time for Christmas. I can’t stress this enough: NOW is the to make your commission request!

Yes, we’ve been busy, but we also take time out to relax, and I hope that you do, too. Take a walk in the woods, hug a tree, call an old friend, or gaze at the stars. Enjoy the full moon Halloween this weekend and the joy of all the youngsters running around playing make-believe! Now go carve those pumpkins! 🙂
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With much Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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