Anna Hergert, Art & Design

How to Brighten a Grey Winter’s Day


IMG_6721What does one do when the colourful sunrise expected turns out to be a no show? It’s Sunday and after leading an introductory photography workshop yesterday I feel somewhat lazy. I had hoped to take out my camera for a bit today to capture light reflecting off snow and the sparkle of the ice. You can see above how grey it is outside, the best definition of an achromatic landscape I have witnessed in a long time.


Amaretto Infused Peach Pastries… they just need a dusting of icing sugar before serving.

The solution is to crate colour close to home. We are expecting company for coffee so I pulled out the baking supplies. No worries – I will not start sharing recipes – these pictures will speak a thousand words.


Brownies are an all-time favourite. These are cranberry studded and glazed with melted chocolate flavoured with Cordial.

May your Sunday be filled with colour and tasty treats!

In the studio I am working on a couple of articles for the blog. One request came in to cover photographing whole cloth quilts. It is a challenge but one that can be overcome with minimal photographic equipment. More in the upcoming days!

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11 thoughts on “How to Brighten a Grey Winter’s Day

  1. The landscape looks great, but so does the cake.. My mouth says yes, but my weight is telling me to keep it down for a little while 😉

    Take care thus winter!

    Kind regards,


  2. Gillian on said:

    Just decided to drop by for coffee!


  3. donna tremblay on said:

    Could you send some of those goodies to my house? We’re having some of Paul’s family for supper! Beautiful and I’m sure taste sooo good….Donna


  4. Yummy, just looked at the campus from shekeena (spell) and enjoyed seeing it all again. That was the best of times even with the pesky bugs eating us up. Sorry to miss this summer but will drive out for a peek. Was good to see you both at Barb’s and hope you are feeling much better. We have quite a fun group eh!!!!! Leona


    • Yes, Shekinah in 2013 was a wonderful group and venue! But life is ever evolving and the Muenster venue seems to work better for most participants these days. For me it is all about the people – and Art Quilt Campus participants are diverse and wonderful.


  5. Please share the recipes! Those look amazing. And a good brownie recipe is thing to be cherished. Sun has finally broken through here, more rain in the forecast for the coming week, but I feel Spring in the air 🙂


    • Hi Jody – Spring in the air? We can’t complain. It hasn’t been that cold this winter but I think Spring is still a ways off for us here on the prairies. 😉 As to the recipe – I use a stand by sponge cake recipe, bake it in a jelly roll pan, cut out circles with a glass and start to add the filling! I use what I have in the pantry – it’s part of my creative act a day motto. The brownie recipe called for fresh raspberries which are hard to come by these days. So I used frozen cranberries instead. Makes for a nice tart taste against the dark chocolate. This is as far as I will go to post recipes… 😉


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