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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pasta Primavera - Pasta with Spring Vegetables in Herb Sauce

food painting of beetroot and bean salad for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Fresh. Easy. Quick. Aromatic.


Food painting artwork

30 x 30cm oil on canvas. An early spring garden of fresh new plants, entangled with spaghetti.


The meatless meals recipe - Pasta Primavera - Pasta with Spring Vegetables in Herb Sauce

The taste of early spring in a bowl in the time it takes to cook your favourite pasta shape.

pasta (papadelle is my favourite for this) for 2, about 200g
parmesan to taste
salt to taste
3 cups mixed spring veg, chopped into bite size pieces - recommended are:
peas, broadbeans, asparagus, broccoli, snap peas, snowpeas

Herb sauce:

1 cup chopped fresh parsley (about 10g)
about 7g finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup whole mint leaves (about 4g)
at least 1/4 cup olive oil

Cook pasta.
Pre cook mixed veg. Blanch, boil or steam as suits you. I find steaming the veg on top of the pasta or pouring the drained pasta water over the veg to blanch them both work well to save on washing up, water, energy and general effort!
Put the ingredients for the herb sauce in a blender and blend smooth.
To serve, pile pasta into bowls, then top with sauce then veges and parmesan and salt to taste. Be aware that mixing the pasta and sauce before transferring to the serving bowls leaves most of the sauce and flavour behind sticking to the pot or bowl in which they were mixed.

For 2.

More vegetarian cookbook goodies

Need help with cooking conversions? Download this handy dandy pdf of cooking conversion charts for every cooking measuring system I could find. It should make your life easier.

Where are the rest of the vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hellooo Koalas

Hello Koalas 

a project where public art meets tourism, about to launch in the Port Macquarie NSW area 

Coming to Greater Port Macquarie in mid September 2014 - 50 plus large-scale koala sculptures, manufactured in fibreglass & hand painted & decorated by celebrity artists, professional artists & community groups, to create an official Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail. A forward thinking project linking the creativity of artists, business sponsorship and the power of tourism.

I am thrilled to be able to say I was commissioned to paint not one, but two koalas. Way back in 2013, the call for artists to submit designs went out and I submitted the maximum three designs allowed per artist.

One of these was chosen to be sponsored by World Par-Tea, an Australian owned retailer & wholesaler specialising in chemical free loose leaf teas of the highest grade and quality.

Komorebi is a Japanese word which translates as, ‘sunlight filtering through the leaves on trees’. In reference to the koala's forest habitat up high in trees. To see a koala for yourself requires you to also enjoy komorebi - looking up into the sunlight filtered by the leaves on trees.

Komorebi will be placed at the World Par-Tea tea rooms. Pay her a visit, see the intricate painting detail in real life and treat yourself to one of their 'high teas' (or perhaps a morning or afternoon cuppa!) - Shop 22, 35 Merrigal Rd Port Macquarie, NSW, Austraila. Say hi and thanks to Kerrie and Rod while you're there.

Hello Koalas Berry Beautiful by artist Fiona Morgan sponsored by Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Port MacquarieHello Koalas Berry Beautiful by artist Fiona Morgan sponsored by Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Port Macquarie
Hello Koalas Berry Beautiful by artist Fiona Morgan sponsored by Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Port MacquarieHello Koalas Berry Beautiful by artist Fiona Morgan sponsored by Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Port Macquarie

The second koala ended up being a commission. Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries had signed up early on as a sponsor, but there was no koala design submitted that was a good match for their business. So the Hello Koalas team went looking for an artist and thankfully they found my food themed paintings. So I was asked to create a luscious, fresh food design based around the produce of the business.

Hello Berry Beautiful.
See her in real life outside Cafe Red at the strawberry and tomato farm - 221 Blackmans Point Rd, Blackmans Point NSW. Indulge in some pick-your-own fresh strawberries (they are GOOD!) or some award winning tomatoes and give a friendly hello to Carol and Anthony too.

The Hello Koalas Sculpture trail had it's official launch on Monday. The koalas will be placed in their locations in approximately two weeks.

See the launch news story on NBN TV news and in the Port Macquarie News newspaper.

The Hello Koalas site is at www.hellokoalas.com


Monday, April 21, 2014

Art Surprise - Art by Subscription

Art Surprise - Art by Subscription - Just in time for Mother's Day

The nice part of having a stall at the markets is meeting the people who appreciate your work. It's really lovely to chat to someone who's interested in what you're doing and share that spark of excitement, regardless of whether they buy something or not. The observations other people make are often heartening (I can't tell you how many people have asked if I meditate while drawing the Meditative Studies because of their air of tranquility) and perceptive (thank you for all the helpful tips from fresh eyes on the stall presentation and ideas for new works).

One of the biggest patterns I noticed is that many people buy my artworks as gifts. This is as lovely as it was unexpected. Over and over I'm told that people want to give a gift that is completely unique and picked to suit an individual taste.

I have been wondering if there is more that I can do to offer a perfectly unique, tailored gift. After much pondering, my answer is the Art Surprise Gift Subscription. It's three pieces of original art by subscription.

How does it work? You or your gift recipient is posted a surprise original artwork once a month for three months. You choose the theme of the artworks to be created or leave it up to me to create three complimentary works for you. The art is gift wrapped and arrives by post to be opened with (hopefully) squeals or oohs and ahhs of excitement.

Just in time to be created for Mothers Day here in Australia, and ideal for most gift occasions.

There is the black and white version ($76), think Meditative Studies:

And the colour version ($94), think Meditative Studies with watercolour (yes, these example are from the current exhibition):


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exhibition, Meditations on a Cook's Garden

Only confirmed at the last minute, this exhibition of paintings of herbs and edible flowers celebrates the edible delights we can grow in our backyards and includes a program of talks, film screenings and meditations over Easter and the Anzac Day long weekend. All events are free. 

If you're in the Bellingen area, I'd love you to come along! 

Meditations on a Cook's Garden

Meditations on a Cook's Garden - Fiona Morgan

April 1st -30th, 10am - 4.30pm every day
Nexus PopUp Gallery, Old Butter Factory Bellingen

A discovery of edible delights right in your back yard.
Featuring herbs and edible flowers, these paintings and drawings are influenced by botanical art, meditation, chinese calligraphic brush painting and the artist's kitchen garden. As a keen cook, Fiona is enthusiastic about good food, possibly obsessed with food plants and on a delightful journey of discovery of edible flowers and "weeds". Connecting mindfulness, an appreciation of nature, eating well and starting where you are in your own garden, come and share the enthusiasm for edible plants embodied in this exhibition.

To further tempt you, explore the related program of free talks, film screenings and meditation sessions accompanying this exhibition.

Meditations on a Cook's Garden program

All events are in April

Talks run for 15-20 mins

Film screenings - 30 mins of related short films will follow each talk. BYO cushion


Saturday 19 (Easter Saturday) - 1.30pm talk,
'Discover the World of Edible Flowers' by Jillian Cranny, edible flower expert - an introduction to the blooms that are more than decorative and surprisingly common plants.

Sunday 20 (Easter Sunday) - 1.30pm talk,
Artist talk by Fiona Morgan on the exhibition and how starting where you are, herbs, flowers, gardening, food, mindfullness, eating well and appreciating nature are all interrelated. Plus a demonstration of meditative drawing.

Chamomile NaturopathySaturday 26 (Anzac Day weekend) - 1.30pm talk
'Healing Properties and Uses of Herbs' by Damian and Laura of Chamomile Naturopathy - an enthusiastic, fun and fascinating exploration of herbs that goes beyond the culinary domain by two passionate and knowledgeable herbalists based in Bellingen.

Sunday 27 (Anzac Day weekend) - 1.30pm talk,
'Food as Medicine - Keeping the Damp at Bay' by Natalie Fitzpatrick, Acupuncturist and food-as-medicine healer - our subtropical paradise comes loaded with fungi, moulds & bacteria that thrive in our wet environment and adversely affect our health. Hear what to garden and eat to keep your immune system thriving.

Meditation sessions

Spirit Rising Yoga'Gardening the Mind & the Art of Meditation' by Brie of Spirit Rising Yoga - a guided meditation in the exhibition space to help you clear the garden of your mind of any weeds, and explore the art that meditation is; not a set state, but a work in progress that we cultivate and develop. BYO cushion if you like (some cushions provided).
Mon 14th - 11.30-11.45am
Wed 16th - 1.30-1.45pm
Wed 23rd 11.30-11.45am
Fri 25th (Anzac Day) 1.30-1.45pm 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Light as a Feather

From the 'Light As A Feather' series. Celebrating the small side of the natural world with feathers, tiny plants, leaves and grasses. The themes are lightness, delicateness and zen stillness.

All artworks are available in the Official Art Store.

Imagination is a Garden Where Ideas Blossom:

Once You Have Tasted Flight You Will Forever Walk With Your Eyes Turned Skyward:

The Sunshine Was Like Powdered Gold Over the Grassy Hillside: 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feathers - January Art


Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Once you have tasted flight you will forever look with your eyes turned skyward.

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

I, like many people have a fascination with feathers. 
Freedom. Lightness. Delicateness. Flight.

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Who can resist collecting this in their pocket and taking it home? Do we unconsciously collect feathers as a kind of talisman in the hope that these properties will be transferred to our lives? I've realised for some time that I don't pick up feathers solely because of the way they look. There is something else going on, a strong
uplifting symbolism that I seem to be responding to.

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com
Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Welcome to a new year - may it be filled with the grace and light and calm of feathers.

 These 10 latest works continue on with the Meditative Studies with the addition of, quite literally, a splash of colour! Soothingly repetitive to draw. Tricky to get just right. Requiring a really delicate touch with the pen. And it can all go horribly wrong with the randomness of the paint splatters after the effort of getting the penwork right. Yes, they are nervewracking to do! However working the other way around by doing the paint first and the pen after is strangely awkward and results in a drawing that lacks life. The life of the artwork seems to be in the bravado required to SPLAT colour all over a very careful drawing and trust
that it will work out.
Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Each piece is created on watercolour paper with artist quality materials, is matted and ready to frame at 8"x10". They are $38 each with free postage within Australia.

These latest Feather Meditative Studies are available now to purchase in the Official Art Store. If you'd like to be the first to know of new artworks, sign up to the newsletter (yellow box, top right) as subscribers are informed before everyone else.

Feather painting by Australian artist Fiona Morgan of WhereFishSing.com

Friday, March 29, 2013

Meditative Studies, the why and #45-53

The Meditative Studies series of nature drawings - where did it come from and why?

A daily habit

I wanted to instill in myself the habit of a daily drawing practice. Like drinking a litre or more per day of fresh water, or walking the dogs each evening, there are habits for good physical health. So too are there habits for excellence. I don't want to be average at drawing. I want my drawing to be excellent. A regular drawing session always gives better results than occasional large ones. And so it made sense to begin to form a daily drawing habit by just starting, working through the awkward and hard to commit to stage, and sticking with it long enough to end up with a daily reflex.


Many people find stillness sitting meditation or in yoga. I've always found that the full concentration required of careful-yet-free drawing, or of painting for that matter, to be just as quieting. I had begun to notice that my drawing and painting sessions were really meditation sessions. Just like some people do walking meditations. Without my drawing meditation I notice myself become edgier. It has a soothing effect.

Nature in ink

Old botannical illustrations. I love these but I don't want to reproduce their stiffness. Old pen and ink book illustrations. There were so many unnamed talented illustrators in generations gone by. A childhood of being a bookworm has had the unintended effect of giving me a huge respect for the art of pen and ink drawing. Pieces of nature. To tell the truth, I didn't even think this out. I just notice curiousities while out with the dogs and wanted to draw them. All these influences simply meshed together.

Zen for your walls.

Small nature studies.
Quietly created as drawing meditations.
Each one is unique.

Peaceful simplicity. Slow looking. Radiating stillness.

These are delicate and deceptively simple drawings on quality artist's paper. Matted to fit a standard 8x10" frame.

My art explores an ongoing love of nature and celebrates the brighter, calmer, radiant side of life. It is a reminder that the world smiles with possibility.

All currently available Meditative Studies are listed here: http://www.wherefishsing.com/meditativestudies

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