Friday, June 28, 2013

Natalie, Sherpa House, Degas and Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Natalie and I became friends in college. She has been one of my most important friends ever since. Most of that time we have not lived in the same place. She's lived in New York, California and Grand Junction. Next week she is moving to Golden, and I could not be more thrilled. They came to town to find a place to rent. They ultimately want to buy a house, but the right one has not come up.

We got together earlier in the week to have lunch at The Sherpa House, a Himalayan restaurant in Golden.

On Wednesday we took in the Edgar Degas exhibit at the Foothills Art Center.It was ah exhibit of his sketches and some of the art of the friends that influenced Degas.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BGLwQAqADIc/T0q8pTW8YYI/AAAAAAAACZg/94NoIssbo3o/s400/22+self+portrait2.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Edgar_Degas_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/581px-Edgar_Degas_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
When he was young he made many sketches of his family. Here is a drawing he made of his brother, Achilles.
When Edgar graduated from high school he became a copyist at the Louvre. Many important artist believed that the way to become an artist is to copy the work of the great artists. Edgar made over 500 copies of paintings, sculptures, etc. He also drew people he knew. This is Madame Dembowska.
http://www.a-r-t.com/degas/images/thumbnails/12%20Mlle%20Dembowska2.jpg
He also loved to draw horses, but often they were the work horse that he seemed to love, not just the race horses.
http://www.newmainetimes.org/media/img/blog/2012/03/20/Degas_horse_1.jpg.580x435_q85.jpg
http://www.artandantiquesmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/201204_degas_04.jpg
There were also some funny depictions of Degas done by more modern artist, like the one below by David Levine.

While I am fine with taking in art exhibits and going to plays by myself, I am thrilled that I will now have company. She is, too.

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Here's a recipe that I am making for dinner tonight. My friend, Shirley, posted it on Facebook. I will serve it over rice.

Sweet Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup light soy sauce
2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins.

Directions:
Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hrs and they should just fall apart.

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