Last week’s snowfall was impressive and beautiful, despite the near-impossibility of travel for a day.
I braced myself for a visit to Sennelier on a recent trip to Paris and bought myself a 48-pan watercolor palette. It was a bit of a production, as it involved ordering the plastic half-pans (mark this down, Francophiles, they are called “demi-godets”–you will thank me for this later) separately, also from Sennelier, but not from their website, which you can’t order from, but you can email them, and although they don’t reply, if you call them, they’ll act like you’ve lost your mind, since BIEN SÛR they got your email and have set aside the goods for you to pick up!
Ah, life in la belle France. . . .
It took me about half a day to insert the pans, find my tube watercolors, find a few paints in pans that I already had, figure out how I wanted to lay them out, etc., etc.
Then I had to make my key, since recreation and refilling is hopeless without one.
After medical and scientific and technical, I am so ready to try my hand at vegetable editing.
Credit: Andrew White for The New York Times
Via the marvelous Austin Kleon:
You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Peeps, if you don’t make this Instant Pot butter chicken, you are OUT OF YOUR MIND.
So good. Delicious. Amazing. EASY.
I’ve had Mississippi writers on my mind recently, as I’m finally getting around to reading a biography of William Faulkner, who is endlessly fascinating, and in the wake of the brilliant Sing, Unburied, Sing.
Mississippi has birthed some of the finest American writers ever. Happy to see this celebration of the new crop!