Thursday, January 12, 2017

Art Deco: My New Deco Collection in Pastels & Oils

Angel Uriel: oil painting by Cherie Bender

Having had fabulous success with my Art Deco collection, I am enthused to start a new one!
Loving the time of the 1920s, and the artists who lived then, I am enjoying painting in my studio to the tune of my different drummer. I feel the inspiration and I go with the flow so Art Deco it is! Starting with the painting I did for my blog head-piece "Geisha With Rainbow" I will be creating my "New Art Deco" in oil paintings and pastels. 
I have not forgotten nor put aside my Magical Cookbook. I am still cooking  in my new Cappuccino Kitchen, editing the recipes I discover, and illustrating those recipes with paintings drawings and photographs, and will be closer to publication later this fall. This will be an excuse to have another cooking party video!
2017 promises to be a busy and fulfilling year for me both as an artist, and as a purveyor of fine food recipes.
Happy New Year & Many Blessings!
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Monday, October 31, 2016

I've Always Loved To Play Dress-up - Another Side Of Me!

 This is one of my very favorite modeling photographs taken by the fabulous photographer Dan Littlejohn. I related to Danny as an artist and a model. We took pictures together for fun and money. That is absolutely the best experience in the whole world. Better than almost anything else!
I adore the sienna tinting in this hand done print, expertly and lovingly created by Danny in his darkroom...where the Magic happens.To me this shot has a remembrance, an iridescence, if you will, of time standing still.
All that is remembered is the good times.
Danny was one of my favorite people in the whole world. I thought he was tremendously talented and we had a lot of good times shooting together.
Another side of Me.
Lots of Love


Monday, September 5, 2016

Gratitude on Being A Working Artist Labor Day 2016

Men Shaking Hands, a pastel drawing
Today, on Labor Day September 5, 2016, I reflect on how I've been very lucky and fortunate to have inherited the gift from my parents of creating art, and I've been an artist most of my life.
For a fairly long while, I modeled, and I loved acting in plays and in movies, but throughout, I always did my visuals. I can say with definite certainty, my true love and truest passion has always been creating art. Whether on an excruciating deadline or taking my time making something that pleases me, this has been an incredible journey. I share with you now, one of my favorite pieces "Men Shaking Hands" a pastel drawing I did for one of my first self promos on the internet. It has the flavor of an Aynn Rand book, as I probably was influenced by my reading of "Atlas Shrugged" when I was sixteen and again around the time I created this pastel. In the depths of my psyche is the work ethic I inherited from my Dad. I love to layer and perfect my work both as an illustrator and as a fine artist. The original Pastel, Men Shaking Hands, is available, as are some other commissioned pieces I did for a living as an illustrator. Please visit my web to view this and more commissioned art. You may inquire about availability via my contact page.
Have a Blessed Day, and God Bless America!
Happy Labor Day

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: Fairies & Elves & Gnomes!

Esm'e: pencil & glitter by Cherie Bender
I love drawing and painting my Magical Creatures! I view the cooking and enjoyment of eating delicious and healthy, good for you food as a kind of magical and transforming experience.
My magical folk I draw and paint to illustrate my Magical Cookbook are very real to me. They are inspired by my favorite fantasy artists and authors.
All I have done is open my eyes and ears and believe in what happens next! I hear tinkling, silvery laughter often in my herbal garden and I sometimes catch the soft flutter of fairy wings within the corner of my eye. I have a firm belief in Gnome helpers and Elves coaxing my flowers and herbs to grow.
In order to keep everything healthy, I do not allow harsh pesticides in my home or garden. I want to keep the eco system flowing so I try to only work with natural oils such as peppermint to keep unwanted visitors away!
 My new cookbook that I am writing now, this Summer of 2016, incorporates these principles, and is so much fun to create!
 My Magical Cookbook is percolating and simmering, blending all of the wonderful ingredients!   My recipes include using natural ingredients such as herbs and flowers of the garden, combined for us to stay beautiful, young and healthy!
 I am also creating organic, essential oil blends; Love, Cash Flow, Power, and Drive Calm (Protection) are some of my latest. I will be sharing some of these and my magical art for all who desire these qualities in their own lives.
Just like in all good cooking, savoring the delicious aromas and training the palette for delicate flavors rather than quick easy fixes takes time. I will be sharing another recipe tidbit from my Magical Cookbook very soon! Keep posted. I'm percolating!
In Good Health,
Many Blessings

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: Steam Ovens

Dining Poolside
In the summer who wants to slave over a hot stove? I surely do not!
In my new Cappuccino Kitchen, I have installed the greatest thing! A steam oven which is a quick and healthy way to cook with steam and convection. Mine is a Jen-Aire which I am in love with. Why am I in love with a steam oven you may ask?
Its simple: no more harmful micro waves in my kitchen ever again! Everything cooks up quickly, crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. After a long days work in the studio and/or writing new recipes for Cherie Bender's Glitter Book of Magical Cooking, all I have to do is place a frozen, wild caught piece of fish, or organic chicken, or even frozen pasta,  drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, surrounded with organic veggies, place in an oven proof ceramic dish, and seasoned with fresh dill from my garden, ground pepper, sea salt, organic lemon zest and juice from one lemon and then I place the container with filtered water back in the lil' ole' steam oven, Voila! Within 20 minutes (time enough to walk my Japanese Chin puppies Dalai and Angel)  I arrive back home to a delicious, healthy dinner cooked with no harm to me, my family, or my environment, and its virtually hands free!
 I have been experimenting with my steam oven for the last few months and have found it to be a delightful, easy peasy nice n' breezy way to cook fresh and healthy, quickly.
There is very little danger of overcooking as the steam oven walks you through the whole process, giving you options to stop cooking or continue on for a  few more minutes. Opening the oven door poses no danger whatsoever, just a little steam escaping, unlike the outdated microwave. Plus, you can adjust the seasonings to taste or add more time on as you please.
I will be writing some new recipes in the near future geared to this awesome way for busy people to prepare healthy meals, saving them time and money!
The Summer is for enjoying the good weather, outdoor pleasures and taking it easy, no? Using the steam oven is a fabulous new faster and health conscious cooking idea who's time has come. I can't wait to have my book published and ready with these newer recipes included. I envision a very near future of steam ovens in every kitchen, affordably. Just imagine coming home from working all day, to such an easy way of preparing healthy and nutritious dinners! You could languish in the tub or take a shower for 20 minutes knowing that all your cooking is being done safely. That is the most important part. My new steam oven recipes will be geared with all of this in mind, and of course I will also include my recipes for the gas convection oven as well.

Azulene: Pastel & Swarovsky crystal drawing: 
 Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking will be Illustrated with my drawings, paintings and photographs.
In good health,
Many Blessings!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: an unusual cookbook

Delicious Food Served Deliciously
My Cappuccino Kitchen is finally up and running and it has been a very long time in the making!
I've had Many trials and tribulations with over 36 workers coming  in and out of my doors for the past 6 months! Not all of them knew what they were doing, I am sorry to say! The truth was in the pudding as my Mummy used to tell me.... but now....
I was on a mission as I have started and almost completed my cookbook illustrated with my art and photos and I am almost finished with the detailing and final touches of both the kitchen and my book a la Cherie!
My kitchen is very delightful and will be a perfect backdrop for fun! cooking parties and I cannot wait to start cooking up a storm so..
Please keep posted to my blog because now I have the time to post!
I promise: videos of cooking parties are forthcoming  as well as snippets of my latest recipes for gourmet food focusing on Health, Beauty and Longevity.
Many Blessings

Friday, March 18, 2016

Nysa Poland: a family photo

I'm overjoyed to share the good news that my Cappuccino kitchen I'm building is almost: aaaalmost ready!
Nine months ago, in July of 2015, I conceived my idea of creating a Magical Cookbook that would transform peoples lives with my art and my joy of cooking because I felt strongly, that when you are fed with love, many blessings follow. 
I wanted to have cooking parties, to be video'd with my friends, and with guest chefs, in a beautiful kitchen, overlooking my herb garden and roses. I wanted to take videos of how I relax before a party, including taking herbal baths with rose petals by candle light. I wanted to take videos of me picking herbs and choosing organic, free-range ingredients at select grocery stores. And, I wanted everyone to have fun at my cooking parties!
As a background history I include in this blog entry one of  my family photographs of Nysa, Poland, wherein I show my roots. Because, although I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, my Daddy was from Poland.
 We had a Polish chef in Scotland and we would speak Polish together while he would make special Polish treats for me that were so delicious! I will be including some of these evocative Eastern European recipes in my Magical Cookbook to be, illustrating with my paintings, drawings, and photographs. I have already illustrated one of my grandpa's favorite recipes of blue-berry soup with my sketch of one of my favorite Gnomes, found on my website:
So you can see, my childhood memories of a kitchen are about the comfort and warmth to be found with just a cuppa and maybe a scone drenched in jam. For, as a child, I loved the snow and ice as long as I was inside in front of a nice, cozy fire where I felt safe, snug and warm, eating a special treat and not worried about a single thing. This is part of my Magical Cookbook's essence.

I will be including in this, my Magical Cookbook, tried and true personal recipes from my stash, from my friends and neighbors, from family members and recipes from people who inspire me such as  Julia Childs, a fabulous American chef and food pioneer who also lived in France and had so much fun cooking on TV, and Nora Ephron, the director who wrote Heartburn, including her favorite recipes in a personal life story, plus the cookbook author Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa, to name a few.
My aim for my Magical Cookbook is to please both the eye and the palette, humbly capturing the warmth and comfort of delicious good food, with healthy recipes focusing on Beauty, Good Health, and Long Life, illustrated with my paintings drawings and photos.

I now Fast forward to the present moment: adding to this magic would be a lovely meal served with grace, on beautiful china with linen napkins  and exquisite silverware: In my Cappuccino Kitchen! But, I must add, a simple free-range Shepherds pie loaded with organic vegetables in a ram-kin would more than suffice: Freshly Baked from the oven and Piping Hot. Satisfyingly delicious.

 I am working on my Magical Cookbook now, as my Cappuccino kitchen is being born. I am researching recipes from my stash of great cook-books written by my mentors and planning on recipes that include essential oil cocktails, flower power drinks, awesome healthy meals, and All are made with a lot of fun and with excellent good health in mind. I also plan on having cooking parties and doing videos, as I had mentioned, in my Cappuccino Kitchen.
So look for news about my ideas for cooking parties, as they will be included here.
I had thought of writing my Magical Cookbook a few years ago, very inspired by Julia Child and her amazing cooking journey.
So now, my dream is finally happening! I am awesomely grateful for the opportunity to share my love of art and my love of cooking.
 I hope that Cherie's Magical Cookbook will inspire, nurture, enthrall and capture you as I have been while creating this for you.
What is life without good food? Friendship? Ambiance? and Color?
Love of cooking and love of art: for me they go together: Cherie Bender's Glitter Book Of Magical Cooking: an unusual cookbook.
Many Blessings!