Here is the first painting of 2009, depicting a Fruited Almond Holiday Loaf, the beautiful creation of Alison and Dan at Rise and Shine Bakery in Anchorage. It was really hard not to eat it before the painting was finished. It smelled yummy, looked wonderful, and tasted so good when I was all done.
You can have a look Alison and Dan's photo album to see more images of them and their breads. Alison is also a driving force behind the Farmer's Market and Local Foods movement in Anchorage. Thanks to her and her farmer colleagues, I have access to great vegetables for painting and eating, and she provides recipes too!
While I was working on this piece I had a visit from Jill Shepherd, her daughter, her 2 granddaughters, and her great granddaughter. Four generations! Talk about new beginnings! Five fantastic Alaskan women. Here they are at Charlie's Club 25. Thanks, Jill for sending along this picture!