I've introduced you to the amazing Jennifer Mclean before from Just Add Water Silly. She was a guest on my series An Artist You Should Know in May of this year. To read all about her, click here. When I first conceived this series, Jenn was a natural choice as a contributor. Her world is so energized and interesting and I'm agog at how much this amazing woman manages to juggle. On top of all her art and blogging commitments, Jenn has recently been made contributing editor of Featuring Magazine. It's a huge honor to have Jenn as part of this series and I know you'll enjoy her art and cooking as much as I do.
Hi my name is Jennifer McLean but you can call me Jenn, all my friends do. I'm thrilled to be part of Dion's "When Artists Cook" series. What a great idea, to start a series about the influence of artistic temperament on how one makes food, sets a table, deals with a dinner party or arranges one's kitchen. I'll be honest, I'm a freakishly organized artist. It's not my general nature, I'm naturally chaotic, messy and ridiculously disorganized. BUT, I'm so lucky to have been raised by a logical and highly organized mother who taught me at her knee about how to fight against my natural tendency to be a scattered artistic type.
My kitchen is organized within an inch of it's life, ;o). All the containers are labeled using my Brother P-Touch label maker and cooking directions are taped to the back. Every utensil has a place and all drawers are filled with bins to separate and organize all the stuff. Even the dreaded plastic drawer is organized by size & type of lid. It's disgusting, I know. I blame my mother. Hehehe. (Thank God for her linear thinking mind and organizational skills or I'd lose my head somewhere between breakfast and page 4, as they say.) Now, please understand, the organization does NOT extend to my mind, lol. Therefore, when I'm in the middle of doing something like cooking or painting I'm scatterbrained, like many artists are when they work. I think it adds to one's creativity though, to allow one to come up with inspirational ideas.
|Artist: Jennifer McLean Title: "An Apple A Day"|
|Artist: Jennifer McLean Title: "Peas Please"|
Salmon With Mustard Dill Crust
Jenn's Blog: www.JustAddWaterSilly.com
Jenn's Etsy Shop: www.JenniferMcLean.ca
Jenn's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org