Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ruby Blues Winery

It's already November and the year has flown by. I'm really excited to be part of a new wine from Ruby Blues Winery which is located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

The 2013 Pinot Noir named Strawberry Heels sold out and the proprietor, my good friend Prudence, asked me to design a new wine label for next year's Strawberry Heels wine. I was immediately on the task and came up with the following painting which to me encompasses both the name of the wine as well as the feel of their unique winery. I can't wait to see it as a finished label on the bottle next year!

Take a peek at the link above to check out Ruby Blues Winery and if you're ever in the area, stop by, and say Jennifer sent you!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jennifer Garant Coffee Table Art Book

The Whimsical Art of Jennifer Garant by Tadd Loucks

I'm so excited. We just published our first coffee table book today. A larger format size is coming soon. Take a peek at the first few pages. We also just published an ebook of the same content.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Special Unexpected Gifts

Wow, it's been a long time since I first started blogging, and I it's been a long time since my last blog. I think it should be called a bog, because I get bogged down trying to write something, but here goes.

So now I'm posting a new "bog". Summer is here. Our friends from Vancouver, who we see every year when the weather up there is not so hot, were down for a vacation recently. The weather here in the desert was nice, a bit windy at times, but still nice. Some golfing (I took up golfing, FORE! :o ), some tennis, some barbeques, etc. and some painting in between.
This shot ended up on the green across the lake!
Actually, not really :o....kerplunk!

After everyone flew back north, I received a very special unexpected gift from my friends, Craig and Heidi.  

They have fostered an orphaned elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in my name. You can read more about this David Sheldrick, an amazing individual.

My adopted elephant is named Sities. She was found in Southern Keyna by the red thumbtack in the map attached here.

This is how her arrival at Mgeno Ranch was described. "An unusual visitor walked into the Mgeno Ranch Headquarters, within the Tsavo Conservation Area during the morning of 22nd March 2010. This unusual visitor was a bellowing baby elephant, desperate for company and who sent all the Staff scuttling for safety, fearful that the baby’s mother might turn up to claim it. Eventually they ventured out, their sudden appearance frightening the little calf, who ran off a short distance, but then returned, desperate for company. Too young to know fear, being only about 1 ½ months old, the Staff tied it to a tree, and then called Dr. David Ndeereh of the Trust’s Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit, who in turn alerted our Voi Elephant Keepers that an elephant rescue was needed."

Follow this link to meet Sities and learn about her journey after being abandoned probably as a result of poaching.

What a wonderful gift to orphaned elephants and rhinos is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and what a special gift for Craig and Heidi to make a donation in my name to foster little Sities. Well, she is probably not so little I'm sure by now after all the wonderful care she is getting. Thank you!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Love Designing Fabrics!

Over the past few months, I have had the wonderful opportunity to design fabrics with Timeless Treasures Fabrics, Inc. It is something I always wanted to do and now it's happening, with a launch this week of 20 of my designs at the Spring Quilt Market.

My first designs are "Bad Hair Day", "Nothing to Wear", "Combs & Foams", and "BathTubbies", with coordinates to go with all of them. I got my samples a week ago and it was thrilling to see what started out as small paintings of girls with "bad hair", girls with "nothing to wear", "combs & foams", and "bathtubbies" made into fabrics. My next set will have cats n dogs, and my signature chefs.

Now I just need to buy a sewing machine.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Jennifer Garant Studios Holiday Contest

The Jennifer Garant Studios Holiday Contest starts now!

Between now and December 20th, the winner of this contest will receive a Limited Edition Giclee of Jennifer's "Girlfriends in Paris".

The contest is simple...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas, the winner will be the person who is judged to have done the most generous charitable deed in this time period. We will recruit the same esteemed judges as before:

  • Ryan Tramonte
  • Sandy Osborne
  • Bill Vincent
  • Nancy Nelson
  • Louise Melbye

Please email the description of your gift to others to tadd@jennifergarant.com. And, don't be surprised if in the same spirit of giving, many more prizes will be added as we go, because everyone who participates will be a winner with their contributions.

Thank you in advance.
Happy Holidays to all!

Jennifer & Tadd

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recipe Week - Surprise Fruit Salad

Submitted by: Fran Fenton

Here is a recipe extraordinaire!! (I must give credit to my pal Laura for this one). It was served for the first time at my annual CHRISTMAS IS FOR CHICKS, CHOCOLATE & CHAMPAGNE PARTY this past December.

3 different types of apple (sweet, sour, tart)
cored and cut into small bite size pieces
1 tub of cool whip, softened
3 large snickers bars, cut into small bite sized pieces

Toss all ingredients into a crystal bowl and use your hands to really mix everything up so the apple and chocolate bits are totally covered in cool whip. Lick your fingers to sample the results.


Great as an appetizer or dessert... or both!!!


Friday, September 11, 2009

Recipe Week - A Holiday Trio

Submitted by: Maggie Murphy

This trio is a favorite every year at our house...
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without them!


Mummy Toes

2 cans of refridgerated cresent roll dough (8 per can)
1 16oz package of cocktail smokies
1 pkg almond slices (in the baking isle at Walmart)ketchup

Preparation & Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open can of cresent roll and unroll the dough. Place one triangular piece of cresent roll on a baking sheet or cooking stone.

Put a cocktail weenie in the wide end of the dough triangle; roll the dough around the sausage (you should have one layer of dough covering it completely - leaving the 'toe' end exposed). Taper the other end to look realistic at the base of the toe. Use a knife to score 'knuckles' on the dough in the center.

Place the toes in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. After baking, add a dab of ketchup at the exposed end of the toe and press an almond slice onto the ketcup for the nail.


Mr. President's Sweet Potatoes

3 cups sweet potatoes
(4 sweet potatoes/peeled, cubed, boiled, and mashed)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1/4 cup butter (softened)

Mix together and pour into greased pan, set aside.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter (softened)

Mix together and sprinkle over the top of the entire pan.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.


Puttin' on the Christmas Ritz!

Ritz crackers
Peanut Butter
Almond Bark
Chocolate Bark

Sandwich the peanut butter between two Ritz crackers.
Melt the chocolate bark for 90 seconds (or longer to melt throughout). Dip each sandwich cracker into the melted chocolate half way and lay on to wax paper to cool.

When the chocolate has hardened, melt the vanilla bark and dip the opposite side, laying the cookies back on the wax paper to cool.

Recipe Week - Spaghetti Squash

Submitted by: Loretta Neureiter

Spaghetti Squash
For a serving of 3 to 4 people

1 spaghetti squash
1 stick butter or margarine
1 tbsp minced roasted garlic
1 tsp. regular minced garlic
1/2 pint heavy cream
8 oz. shredded parmeasan cheese

Cut squash in half from stem to bottom. Deseed. Place squash cut side down on pan and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until outer edge is soft to the touch. Let cool. Use fork to scrape squash from shell.

Creating the Sauce:
Saute regular garlic in 1/4 stick margarine. Add cream and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. In another pan, saute roasted garlic, and remaining butter. Add spaghetti squash to this mixture of roasted garlic. Saute in pan and occasionally mix squash to cook more evenly. Then add cream and cheese mixture to roasted garlic and squash. Add more salt & pepper if needed. Serve.

Note: You can add fresh diced tomatoes and parsley for garnish and color. Toss this in at the end prior to seving.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Official Recipe Week

This is official recipe week!

Submit your recipe to Jennifer at info@jennifergarant.com to be posted here on our blog. The person with the most comments will be sent a microslice cutting board. It's that easy!!

It's always fun to see what someone else is having for dinner.
Who is not excited about a new recipe?!

We'd also like a drawing or painting of anything you want! :)

Final Challenge & Contest #2 Results!!

The results of the final leg of Contest #2 are in...
Click here for "The Perfect Dinner Party" results.

To read the four entries to "The Perfect Dinner Party," click here.

And with that...
Contest #2 has come to an end.
The final scores have been tallied; the fat lady has sung!

And, the winner is... (drumroll please)

First Place 
Maggie Murphy (40pts)Maggie is the winner of Jennifer's original 22"x30" painting "Swine, Wine, So Fine," mixed media on watercolor paper. Congratulations Maggie, Jeramy (with an "A"), Josh, and Jonah!!

Chris Golling (35.6pts)
Melody Thielmann (35.2 pts)
Loretta Neureiter (30.4 pts)
The three runner-ups will also receive one of Jennifer's originals.

A BIG thank you to all our participants and esteemed judges!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Contest #2 - FINAL Challenge

"The Perfect Dinner Party"

Attention Contest 2 participants...
The final leg of the contest has begun!!

You are the host and Chef of "The Perfect Dinner Party". You pick four well known people (can be anybody, living or not - could be writers, actors, politicians, sports people, astronauts, statesmen, whoever that would make up the perfect dinner party).You are preparing the 4 course dinner and will submit the menu and one recipe as part of the contest. The menu should have something to do with each of your dinner guests. Submit your dinner guests names and their conversation as a script, (i.e., Henry Kissinger replied "blah, blah, blah" to Suzanne Sommer's poignant question) . Each person should say at least 4 things.

"The Perfect Dinner Party" guests should be chosen to ensure an interesting and/or funny dinner conversation. So, submit a 4 course dinner menu (with one recipe), names of guests, and their conversation as a script.

Deadline is Sunday, Sept 6th, 9:00pm (EST)

You will be judged on a number of factors including:
Best Menu
Best Recipe
Most interesting or funny Guest List
Most Probable, interesting, or funniest Script

You will be awarded a score between 1 and 20 if you participate.

This is a great chance to take home the prize.

Have fun!

P.S. Our Dinner party would be Winston Churchill, Dana Carvey (as the Church Lady), Cher, and Sylvester Stallone.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire II - Results!!

Quickfire II results are in...

Most Annoying Thing: Melody Theilmann, 5 pts
Drawers that don't slide right and get hung up... makes me want to yank them right out of the cabinet

Funniest Post: April Pringle, 5pts
Finding out about a challenge 207 comments into it.

Most Posts: Chris Golling, 5pts

There were an astounding 274 comments submitted.
Thank you to all the participants who played in this round!

Contest #2 Points Summary

Top 3 Scores as of today:

1) Maggie Murphy (20.6)
2) Chris Golling (16.6)
3) Melody Theilmann (16.4)

Stayed tuned for the next leg of the contest...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire II

Attention Contest 2 Participants...

"Most Annoying Thing" Quickfire starts now! (8/30, 1:20pm PST)

Deadline is 8/31 at 11:00 am PST

What annoys you?

An example from our cat:
"It annoys me when they give me the 'Lion Cut'."

Contest Rules:
You can comment as many times as you'd like to this post on Jennifer Garant Studios Facebook wall, but have to wait for 3 posts between your posts before you can comment again.

Most posts wins 5pts.
Funniest post wins 5 pts.
Most annoying thing wins 5pts.

Good Luck!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Contest #2: Quickfire I - Results!!

Comment results for Contest #2: Quickfire I on Ryan's coverage of Jennifer Garant's painting "Bad Habits in Venice" are in.

Funniest Comment: Maggie Murphy, 3pts

The nun clutching the Bible has a red stain on her dress!! She must have been involved somehow... who would ever suspect her with that innocent get up on, holding the Word of God?! How low does a person have to go to cover up a murder? Someone order a DNA test on that stain, STAT.

Most Interesting Conspiracy Theory: Maggie Murphy, 3pts

We all know that SOMETHING crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico that hot afternoon in July 1947. It is quite possible that the extraterrestrial life forms got so fed up with the publicity and alien mockery that their little visit caused that they decided to pick up ship and camp elsewhere. I am banking they choose ‘The City of Light’ to call home. Coincidence that this painting took place in the very same city? And, now we have a murder investigation on our hands. I don’t think so. I have heard that aliens, unlike humans, don’t have to depend on air for survival. And, what better place to lurk and spy on unsuspecting prey than in the Venetian canals themselves. What’s that?! I see one of them now!! Camouflaged on the side of the orange building near the skyline!! Wow, who knew they were capable of changing color in an effort to conceal themselves from their victims. They obviously haven’t mastered their technique, however. I can still see the outline of his green head and limbs. Oh, the horror… Oh, the humanity!! Run for your lives folks… RUN, RUN, RUN!!!!Thanks to all who participated in this round!