Mixed Media Artist

Givng You Hopes And Desire For April

‘Hopes and Desires’ is this months giveaway.  It is a fine art reproduction of my original. Printed on bamboo paper with archival inks and  mounted on a 3″x4″ wood stretcher.   (VALUE $25 on ETSY)

So recently I watched the  2001 German movie  ‘Mostly Martha’. I have seen it before but not since I have had children. I had forgotten how sad it was, even though it is billed as a romantic comedy.  I found myself literally sobbing for the eight year old girl in the movie. I guess that is what becoming a mother will do to you, it is unbearable to watch children suffer. Not that it was bearable before I had children but now, I literally feel physical pain in my heart when I hear about a child suffering.

Besides that, because , that is not what I wanted to talk about, this movie was a foodie movie.  Martha is a OCC head chef in an upscale restaurant in Germany.  The way she talks about food and the process of making it is just brilliant. I love watching the FOOD channel , I collect cookbooks and EPICURIOUS is my favorite APP on my iphone, so this movie really thrilled me.

Do you have a movie that has thrilled you like this? Taken something that you have a passion for and made it part of the characters’ life or the background through out  the movie? OR has a  book made you feel this way?


If you have anymore foodie movies or books for me, please share. I am having a craving for them…


I’ll put you name down for the draw at the end of the month and you might just win




42 responses

  1. Cindy Nykorak

    Maria, you are an artistic genius….I love this piece!

    April 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

  2. Gayla

    I like the movie No Reservations with Catherine Zeta-Jones(she plays a chef in a New York restaurant)and Aaron Eckhart. The little girl in this is played by Abigail Breslin. It takes a couple of left turns, but it’s a really nice story, is foodie and has a happy ending.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:47 am

    • YOU KNOW WHAT? No Reservations is a remake of Mostly Martha… Ha, ha… I just read that!

      April 7, 2011 at 3:48 am

      • Gayla

        That is crazy! I did not know that.

        April 7, 2011 at 4:04 am

      • Ina Taylor

        I LOVE LOVE LOVE your paintings!

        April 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  3. Donna

    I love this piece Maria!

    April 7, 2011 at 4:06 am

  4. Michelle

    Hi Maria
    Did you every see ‘Waitress’, I saw it a few years ago but I loved it, it will make you want to make (and eat!) pies all day.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

    • Oh, this sounds like a good one. I’ll see if Netflix have it. Thanks!

      April 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  5. If you want food: Marlena De Blasi’s A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany. My tummy just growled at the memory of the read (inspiring to the point of a 5 lb weight gain).
    That’s two books- can my name go in the hat twice!? I would be thrilled to place this wimsy-wonderful work in my oldest daughter’s room, and honored to own it.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

    • OK, wow, they sound great! Thanks!
      I might be able to slip your name in twice! Ha, ha.

      April 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

  6. Suz


    April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  7. Joann

    I really enjoyed the movie of julie & Julia, particularly Meryl streeps’ potrayal of Julia Child which was so lovable.
    I also love Tessa Kiros cookbooks, so beautiful & recipes with personal stories and also yummy!
    Hopes and desires is so lovely.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    • oh, I love this one too! I read the book and saw the movie, heaven!
      I will have to look into Tessa Kiros, I have never heard of her.

      April 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

  8. Madeleine

    Love this painting Maria.
    I think my child inside will give a wote for Ratatouille 🙂 Great and funny movie I think.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    • Love Ratatoulle the movie AND I love to make it too. My oldest daughter points her eyes to the heavens and swoons when she eats it (much like the food critic’s childhood memory in the movie).

      April 8, 2011 at 1:45 am

  9. I absolutely adore your art work, Maria
    It is so vibrant and whimsical.
    I hope I win this one!
    Thank you!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

  10. I definitely liked the movie ‘Chocolat’ with Johnny Depp in it. And of course, I cannot for the likes of me remember the actresses name. But it was a moving film about people being put into a ‘class’ of non-descript human beings…the gypsies. And I felt the gypsies portrayed more emotions than the man who tried to discount the lady who had her chocolat shop.
    And I am a chocoholic so I did indeed love the theme of the movie. (I forgot to write this down as the question you requested of us to answer) tscat@sbcglobal.net

    April 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    • I love this movie too! Chocolat and Johnny Depp? What more do you need!

      April 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

  11. Hello!
    My sister, Teresa in California, told me about your blog and beautiful art. I had to stop by and leave a comment.
    My favorite movies with food..
    Amelie – I love when she plunges her hand into the basket of beans. The French cafe’ scenes are delightful. I love the design and colors of Amelie. When I watch this movie, I want to be in Paris, sitting at a small, round table sipping coffee, eating a baguette and watching people walk by. Ah, sweet day dream!
    The Tale of Despereaux is another delightful movie. I love the art of animation especially in Despereaux. When the fruits and vegetables come together to form a talking character, I think of the wonderful, Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s work.
    I have to agree with the others. Chocolat is magical (of course Johnny Depp is delish ;)).
    Blessings in the journey,
    can i enter your drawing too? your work is amazing and i’d be honored to display it in my home.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

    • Oh yes. These are both great. My daughters won’t watch The Tale of Despereaux though, because the Queen dies at the beginning! (oops, spoiler for those that haven’t seen it)

      Amelie is one of my favorites! The colours are almost edible to me! Like when I go to buy my paint at the art store! YUM!

      Of course, I will put your name in the hat!

      April 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

  12. Jennifer McRae-King

    My favourite all time foodie book and movie is Chocolat! I just watched it the other night after not seeing it for years and I still am totally in love! Enjoy – the book is lovely too! Jennifer

    April 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    • Oh, I haven’t read that. I will have to keep that in mind for a future read

      April 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  13. Michelle

    You know what feast scene in a movie has to be one of the best, the one in Hook when all the children have to imagine all the food they would like to eat and it starts appearing. Every time I see that scene I always wish it was real, when I was younger I must admit I used to try and make food appear a few times after watching it. Saying that when I was a child, me and my sisters and my friends would line up at the bottom of the garden and hold hands and push our bellys out like the Carebears and try and make the rainbow colours come out of our bellys…sorry that went a little off the supject!…

    April 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    • Hmmm…In-TER-esting…thanks for sharing…
      I’ll have to re-watch Hook, it has been ages and I wonder if I ever actually watched it from beginning to end

      April 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

  14. Shelly

    My two favorite foodie fims are “Chocolat” and “Ratatouille”.

    A fun chic-lit read was “The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet” by Carole Matthews. Susan Wittig Albert writes a fictional mystery series starring China Bales, an herbalist, which I’m reading now.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  15. Kay

    Have you seen “Like Water for Chocolate”? Has been so many years since I have seen it… Love this painting. The eyes are amazing.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:44 am

    • Thank you.
      Yes, Kay, I saw this movie and read the book but that was ages ago…think that it might be time to revisit them. Thanks for the reminder~

      April 9, 2011 at 5:18 am

  16. Suz

    Chocolat is an all time favorite of course, but Babette’s Feast is nicely understated and more like a period piece;)

    April 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    • Suz, you know, I don’t think that I have ever seen Babette’s Feast. I need to look into that.

      April 10, 2011 at 3:45 am

  17. i’m hungry for food and art :)) and i adore your work!

    April 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

  18. Just found you tonight through Jo’s site and I love your art.
    I am looking forward to getting to know you and I am now on my way to your Etsy shop

    April 10, 2011 at 3:10 am

  19. Dear Maria,
    You must watch Babette’s Feast! There are so many social and spiritual levels to this movie. Also, A Feast at Midnight is wonderful. It is about a girl at an all boy’s school and the the antics that go on in the kitchen are priceless. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet.
    Yea for Netflix!
    Rebecca in Massachusetts (soon to be in Minnesota)

    April 13, 2011 at 3:15 am

  20. OOOOH! Maria, I love this one too! So much inspiration here in your corner of cyberspace. For a very different and moving foodie movie, the French sub-titled “Babet’s Feast”. Don’t know if I spelled it correctly, but I watched it when I was about 14, and I still remember it. Hope you are having a simply wonderful week. I desprately wish you would give away a chef on your blog. Cooking and me don’t really love eachother. The other day I was reading my little girl a story on the couch. I jumped up and ran into the kitchen and I can hear her yell “what are you burning now mom!??” uh…embarrassing when I 6 year old knows how bad you are at cooking HAHAHA!!Poor husband. ;O) Tammy

    April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  21. I just read the comment above mine…sorry, didn’t see she had already told you about that one :o)

    April 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm

  22. Shelly

    Ruth Reichl’s memoir “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table”, and her sequel “Comfort Me With Apples”….

    April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    • These sound good! Too bad that the library has the sequel but not Tender At The Bone. Boo!

      April 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      • Shelly

        They have it at Chapters on 82 Ave.

        April 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

  23. Lena

    Dear Maria!

    You must watch “Eden”. That´s a German movie. And it´s very good! If you have some means to see them, my best compliments you have.

    here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Eden-NON-USA-FORMAT-PAL-Reg-2/dp/B000U0F5VY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1303932684&sr=8-2


    April 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  24. Oh I love this painting! Also love the movies, Chocolat, Amelie and Babette’s Feast.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:32 am

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