ARTmonday: Lisa Goren’s Frozen Landscapes

I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from Boston artist Lisa Goren last month after a mutual friend suggested she contact me. Coincidentally, I had already had a number of these images of iceberg paintings saved in a folder to share.

I love the colors and shapes of Goren’s frozen landscapes, which she executes in watercolor. The paintings are based on her real life travels to polar regions, including Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, and the High Arctic.

Two years ago, she even wrote about her experiences for The New York Times. The article, “In Hot Pursuit of Ice and Cold,” chronicled her participation in an artists’ residency program in the fall of 2013 during which the group sailed about 500 miles from the North Pole.

Her paintings are beautiful and a bit mystical, with more recent works feeling more earthy.  She says, “There is no other blue like the blue of glacial ice.”

Winter Watercolor of Iceberg By Lisa Goren

Iceberg with Pinkish Sky 

Abstract Arctic Landscape Watercolor Paintings Lisa Goren

Moss Growing Under Ice, The Arctic

Painting Of Iceberg In Antarctica Lisa Goren

Mushroom Iceberg, Antarctica

Iceland Iceberg Painting By Lisa Goren

Iceberg in Iceland

Glacier Watercolor By Boston Painter Lisa Goren

Strong Glacier

Lisa Goren's Watercolors Of Arctic Landscapes

Arctic 3

Iceberg Landscape Paintings By Lisa Goren In Boston

Jokusarlon 3

Wintery Watercolor Paintings With Ice and Icebergs

Pyramiden Mountain

Arctic Landscape Paintings By Lisa Goren

Arctic Ice 4

Painting Of Iceberg In Antarctica Lisa Goren

Mushroom Iceberg, Antarctica

Arctic Watercolor Landscape Painting Lisa Goren

Open Water Arctic

Arctic Shoreline Painting By Boston Artist Lisa Goren

Ice Piling Up on the Shore

Pastel Watercolor Of Icebergs Landscape

Broken Shards On the Shore

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Sunday Bouquet: Still Life with Sunflower and Mandarin Oranges

Still Life With Sunflower Mandarin Parsley

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Just a little burst of sunshine from a tableau on my table down in Florida back in December.

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Saturday Say It: You Are the Banana of My Nose.

Mantle in Designer Kate Patterson Shaw's Living Rom

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I mean, you are the apple of my eye. You are the sunshine of my life. And all those other sayings.

The mantle in Boston interior designer Kate Patterson Shaw’s living room.

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Foodie Friday: Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

Valentine's Day Recipes - Baked With Love

Valentine's Day Recipes Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and I don’t love to bake. So why did I sign up on to share a recipe for a Valentine’s Day dessert when Wayfair asked if I’d like to participate in its “Baked With Love” campaign? I’m not sure!

I love to eat dessert (though technically I’m on a diet). I can’t resist a raspberry (allowed on the diet!) or I suppose, the chance to use pink frosting and heart sprinkles. And Wayfair’s Valentine’s Day bakeware is pretty darn cute.

So after spending this glorious snow day day drinking with my love at Saltie Girl, I spent the evening baking this  raspberry lemon layer cake. It’s delicious, but don’t worry, I ate only one small piece. The rest is for the kids.

Raspberry Lemon Layer Cake

cake ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

frosting ingredients

  • 8 oz. block of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup raspberries

Directions for cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Generously grease the sides and bottoms of two 9-inch pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the bottom of each pan with a round of parchment paper and spray again.
  • In a large bowl combine butter, both sugars, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes, scraping sides of the bowl as needed, until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mixing well to evenly combine. Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until everything is just barely combined. (You should still see some lumps and dry streaks. If you over mix the cake will be dry and dense.)
  • Add milk, sour cream, and lemon juice. Use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients into the mixture, stirring until everything is incorporated. Again, do not to over mix. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, gently toss the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. (This prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom of the pan while baking.) Add the raspberries and any remaining flour, to the batter. Fold in by hand, using a rubber spatula, until just combined. (Don’t over mix.)
  • Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are firm and slightly golden, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with moist crumbs.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before gently running a knife around the edges to loosen them, and turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While the cakes cool, make the frosting.

Directions for frosting:

  • In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter on medium-speed for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Add lemon juice, lemon extract, and salt; beat until combined. Increase the speed back to medium and mix about 2 minutes until creamy. Add a few drops of red food coloring and beat on high for about a minute. Add fresh raspberries and beat for another minute until blended.
  • Frost when the cakes have completely cooled. Decorate with abandon.
  • The frosted cake will stay fresh, covered and stored in the refrigerator, for 3 days. Take it out of the fridge an hour or two before serving so it can come to room temperature.

The recipe was adapted with love from Baker By Nature.

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Site Spotlight: Retro Record Players at Rockit

Retro kitchen appliances (those mint green and sky blue Smeg fridges and toasters) aren’t the only old time looks making appearances in up-to-date interiors. Vinyl sales have surged over the past few years, and with that resurgence must come a whole lot of vinyl record players, because while vintage models have an authentic look, they also have an authentic sound, which not everyone appreciates.

Australian webstore Rockit specializes in retro and contemporary turntablesoffering record players styled to resemble record players found in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s from brands that include GPO, Crosley, and Mbeat. The site also sell bundles that come with speakers and vinyl record cases for a complete setup.

Retro Record Players From Every Era Available At Rockit

S H O P P I N G 

1 Crosley Dansette Junior Portable Record Player, $369
The retro ’60s style looks like it came straight from the vintage store. However, this one has dynamic full range speakers and a headphone jack.

2 GPO Go Turntable, $199
You can take this record player with you anywhere, even the beach, thanks to its a built-in rechargeable battery.

3 GPO UK Stylo Turntable, $99
Go back in time like a Brit with this compact, 3-speed turntable with built in speakers,

4 Crosley Player 2 Turntable & Stereo Speakers, $229
This sleek ’80s style record player comes with dynamic full range speakers and adjustable tone controls that allows for you to adjust the sound to best suit whatever type of music you choose. 

5 ION Audio Photon LP Turntable, $209
While you spin the tracks at three different speeds on this dreamy disco-style silver turntable, spinning technicolour LED lights will set the mood.

6 GPO Bermuda Turntable, $449
With its 1960s style, the Bermuda can be used as a stand-alone piece. or remove the legs to create a portable turntable. It plays 3 speeds, has a built-in full range speaker and can record your vinyl to digital.

7 GPO Westwood Bluetooth Speaker, $199
This vintage style speaker will add a huge 25 watts of sound to your vinyl experience. With bluetooth connection and auxiliary in, it’s versatile enough to be used with any device.

8 Crosley Lancaster Entertainment Center, $279
This old-fashioned wooden system plays 3 speeds of records, AM/FM radio, cassette tape, CDs, and you can connect an MP3 player or smartphone.

9 Record Case, $99
Protect your vinyl in this retro inspired record case with soft velvet inner lining and removable lid.

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