Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dellamorte's Sangria Recipe

Thanks to some advice from Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a mixologist and writer from Portland, OR,  my sangria is better than ever and was a great success at my last party. I've combined suggestions from Jeffrey's site with my own recipe for something fruity and absolutely delicious...

1 750 ml bottle red wine
(Try an inexpensive, dry yet fruit-forward red wine, preferably from the Rioja region of Spain.)
2 cups cranberry pomegranate juice (100% fruit juice, not cocktail or juice drink)
1 cup mandarin orange flavor seltzer water
3/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp Angostura bitters

Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher until the sugar has dissolved. Add slices of fresh seasonal fruit (my favorites are apples, oranges, and lime), and serve in large wine goblets over ice. It only gets better as it sits, so I will often make this at least a half hour in advance.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Guest lecturer at the ISE Cultural Foundation, Dr. Nancy Hightower, will be speaking on the newly coined "Neo-Grotesque" movement, Saturday, November 20, 5-7PM.
I think I may fall under this category... Here is the blurb from their website on it:

The grotesque in the fine arts has continued to gain momentum over the past couple of decades with the works of such artists as Odd Nerdrum, Dino Valls, Joel Peter Witkin and Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, amongst others. Another Roadside Attraction aims to explore this newly named genre, the Neo-Grotesque by exhibiting a dynamic cross section of artwork that evinces various unique aspects thereof. Seattle's Roq la Rue gallery states, "The term [Neo-Grotesque] was recently coined for the resurgence of artists working with subject matter traditionally deemed unattractive or repulsive, but representing them in a sympathetic manner in a highly formal technical style." More than that, it is a modern exploration of the intriguing "dissonance between the grotesque and the sublime", to paraphrase author Mark Dery and his essay, The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium. Neo-Grotesque artwork not only derives inspiration from history (e.g. the art of Hieronymus Bosch or Roadside Attraction curio exhibits, once ubiquitous in the United States), but also more modern influences due to the proliferation of the internet. Often cathartic in nature, it unburies uncomfortable and/or strange truths, old and new, inherent in the world around us.

ISE Cultural Foundation
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Tooth of Saint Dearborne  
© Calluna Dellamorte

Arm of Saint Abercrombie
© Calluna Dellamorte  

Charmion and Laverie: The Two Headed Strong Woman
© Calluna Dellamorte  

Dream Anatomy
© Calluna Dellamorte

Word of the Day

Possibly the best word I've found so far...

defenestration‬: ‪the act of throwing someone out of a window‬

Who knew there was a word for that?!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Word of the Day

bumblebroth: a tangled situation; a mess

Halloween Break

Time to blog! Things get crazy around here during the week before Halloween, but I didn't think I'd be taking another week+ off from blogging. I need to get my head back in the game. I have a ton of work piled up on my desk now, and a new piece of artwork to start working on... not to mention the 3 pieces I still need to finish!
In my defense, I throw a crazy party every year, and I had three costumes; one for my party and two others for parties I attended.
Enjoy some photos of my Halloween decor and costuming...
Mr. Bones

The Dexter Room

Steampunk Bride of Frankenstein

Patience from The Amazing Screw on Head

I want to be a cowgirl...