Rain has been the big word this month, not Valentine’s Day. It’s rained so much and not really in days, but in the amount. Today, for the third time this month we’ve had 2″ of rain and for the third time this month, I’ve had to clean up a mess in my art studio because it has seeped into through the concrete blocks and it’s bringing mud with it, too.

Now we’re supposed to get even more rain on Friday and Saturday. That’s just great. I guess it could be worse. Right? Yes, yes of course it could be way worse.

Enough complaining, but man it really stinks spending time doing that instead of painting or otherwise doing art business things.

Almost a whole week has gone by since Valentine’s Day and I usually like to share something whether it’s a painting or cute photo of my son but this year, I got nothing.

Well I guess that’s not entirely true. I did manage to snap a screenshot of an Instagram Story. It’s my homemade chocolate pie I made for my two Valentines.

Homemade chocolate pie with meringue

Oh yeah there’s a story behind this pie. I’ve been making chocolate pie from scratch for years trying one recipe after another only to have the recipients complain that it’s just not quite right. But that meringue though…

You see, there’s a place we go to in Tennessee when we go four wheeler riding that has the best chocolate pie ever – according to them. We get it at a restaurant called Rayzack’s but they have a pie lady and her pie biz is called… get this… Sweetie Pie’s. Too cute, right?

Anyway, they are both nuts for this pie. We try to get a whole pie when we go down there because they like it so much, but we’ve never been able to catch her open because we’re always riding. So I’ve been on a mission to try and make a chocolate pie that is as good if not better than theirs. So far, no go.

This year however, I may have found a winner. It’s the Pioneer Woman’s chocolate pie. I followed it pretty much to the letter. The only thing is I mixed the chocolates because I didn’t have enough of one. I mixed semi-sweet and bittersweet with the lions share being bittersweet.

Her recipe calls for twice the amount of chocolate I’ve been using with the other recipes I’ve made! I think that may have been the key. My husband even said it might have been just a tiny bit too chocolatey. Is that even possible? ha ha. Oh and by the way, I think I could’ve reduced the 2 tablespoons of butter to just one in my opinion.

After I sucked up some water with the ShopVac today, I was able to put in just a little bit of time in the studio actually painting. I worked on the trees in my Super Blood Wolf Moon painting.

Super Blood Wolf Moon Painting

I’m thinking of adding an owl to it sitting on a branch. What do you think, yay or nay? Also, I’m thinking some more stars and I believe this is just about finished finally. It’s been through quite a transformation.


paintings by Jaime Haney of New Harmony, Indiana

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

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