New Year’s Resolutions

Watch this oil painting “Serenity Piano” come to life in just over 1 minute (time lapse)

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? I thought I didn’t have any, except for my ongoing lifetime goal of 1k finished oil paintings, but today I came up with something I’d like to do. I want to do more of my own music for my oil painting videos. This one (above) was an experiment where I composed something for this piano video. The song has lyrics too, but I even though I’m the one who wrote them, I don’t remember what they were. I’d have to look those up. Anyway, the song is a bit rough and I’d planned to try this again with a more serious effort. I never did get back to it though.

I will commit myself to creating original music for… let’s say, at least three of my new paintings videos in 2022. I’ll let you know when the music is my own. I don’t mind if it’s not very good. The goal is to simply do it. I will improve over time (or will stop doing it, feeling as if composing/playing my own music for a short while was enough, we shall see!). Either way, I will have done it.

So much to do in 2022! Dream big, play hard! Remember, it’s a TIGER year!

LOL, Irishness

Watch this powdered sugar peach cookies oil painting come to life in 1 minute (time lapse)

Today I tried a new recipe (not the peach cookies in my painting video). These also had powdered sugar on them, but I screwed that part up. This is a recipe I found for Irish shortbread and true to Irish form, it was a bit unusual. This is probably the least efficient way I’ve ever seen cookies made! It took over two hours of baking time, and since I expected them to be done sooner, I added the finishing touch of a “dusting” of powdered sugar to them too soon. I put it on, and realized that the cookies were still raw. So I popped them back in the oven. Now they look like they have some sort of streusel topping because the powdered sugar was baked in.

I’m greatly amused by this experiment that used only 4 ingredients, one of them being an entire cup of butter! Well, I’ll let you know how these turned out. They are almost cool enough to try after many hours of anticipation. Have a wonderful evening, everyone! Tomorrow is a family birthday celebration but I’ll still turn up for a brief blog post. God bless you and keep you, this day and always.

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