Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taking the 180 view!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Working with What's Working 4.2/Bloom True

After a big long break this summer from my paintings I got my concentration back today. Wonderful and agonizing thing about painting is I don't know what the heck I'm doing but it gets me out of my comfort zone. I feel so alive when I paint!!!!!!

4.2 Working with What's Working/Bloom True - S. McFadden 2014

#2 painting in progress - Bloom True - S. McFadden 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Getting back on track.....

Wow, here we are into the season of Autumn and the last week of September. How does that happen? Very quickly.... yuk, yuk! Happy to be back in the studio reconnecting with my two large paintings in progress and watching Rex and Chess sleep. Today I decided to use the last zucchinis from the garden by making soup with them. Alway so worth it to cook with fresh ingredients. This pot will have enough to share and feed me for the week. Woo hoo!

Zucchini and Brown Rice Soup from The Victory Garden Cookbook - Marian Morash

1 lb. zucchini, grated
1/2 lb. spinach or swiss chard or 1 pkg. of thawed frozen spinach
6 cups chicken or duck broth
1 cooked and cut up chicken breast (optional)
1/2 cup long-grain brown rice
1 & 1/2 cup sliced onions
3 TBS. butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Wash, trim, and grate the zucchini. Do not salt: the juices add flovor to the soup. Wash the spinach leaves, dry, and cut into thin strips. Bring broth to a boil, stir in the rice, lower heat, cover, and cook slowly until the rice is just tender, about 40 minutes. In a large saute pan, cook onions in the butter until wilted and golden. Stir in zucchini and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes. There will be moisture left in the pan. Mix in the spinach, and cook, stirring, until barely wilted. Set aside. When the rice is cooked, stir in the zucchini mixture, chopped chicken, heat through, and season with salt and pepper. The soup will have a beautiful green color and will be fairly thick. Thin with additional broth if you wish.

Zucchini and Brown Rice Soup - S. McFadden 2014

Rex and Chess sleeping - S. McFadden 2014

Bloom True process/Intuitive style painting - S. McFadden 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reinstating blog

Last week I was watching Antiques Roadshow and a guest had a beautiful Groedner Thal doll up for assessment. I had such a pang of desire to create one! LOL! I'm learning to 'never say never' but to subtly adjust to life, to never throw anything away, to love myself. Hope fully I can give this old blog a facelift and continue to write and create. Maybe I just needed a break. Life is funny that way sometimes!

I also had tutorials that my Etsy customers wanted to access. No need to take them away when I am still selling off kits.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Etsy Announcement

Sometimes it takes a while to know what you really want. I have been making dolls for many years and I have loved it! The industry has changed and my life has changed. So with that I announce that I have greatly reduced prices on my Etsy site Etsy suesdailyblog'. Check it out on the right hand side of the blog column or the name above. I hope there is something there that you may have always wanted but never got around to ordering. Be sure to read the shop announcement under my banner. Thank you!!!!!
Vasalissa's Doll - S. McFadden c.1995

Blueprints in Felt Doll Making - S. McFadden c.2010

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chocolate and Cherry Blossoms

That time of year where Easter is close and the cherry blossoms are blooming in Washington DC. A very pretty year with no threat of frost. The Cherry Blossom festival will take place this coming weekend. Already the town is crowded with tour buses and camera toting tourist.

The chocolate sculptures are from Randolph's, right up the street from me on Lee Highway, 4500 to be exact!. Works of art! Pastries by Randolph Easter cannot be far behind!

Tidal Basin - S.  McFadden 2014

DC Cherry Blossoms Walk - S. McFadden 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I've always been a big fan of Julia Cameron and The Artist's Way. Currently I have been allowing myself to work on whatever I want and with no concern about the outcome. Yesterday I saw a quote of hers and it hit me like a brick!

"As artists we do well to be a little like a profligate gardener, scattering a profusion of seeds and not weeding too closely at first." JC