I finally finished a painting I started in 2014. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich to add to a collection of huge still lifes I’d started that year. I was inspired by a huge painting of a tooth brush that I saw on a bedroom wall during a random soiree in high school, and I don’t know why, but I fell in love with the work and never forgot about it. In 2014, I attempted to create my own large paintings of random objects. Funny, they all turned out to be food. As they were meant for practice, they are all painted on a roll of white paper. My mom keeps telling me to stop painting on surfaces that will eventually deteriorate; I should probably start taking her advice.
The first huge still life I completed was of apples.
The next big painting I made was of a cracked egg. I was inspired by the eggs in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith film, and thought it would be a fun challenge to try to paint the clear yolk.
Here is the photo of the cracked egg. My sister Hope deserves thanks for letting me crack an egg on her kitchen table.
My sister says it looks like there is a finger nail clipping in the yolk and I see what she means. I made the little white debris too defined. Maybe I will fix that one day.
Finally, there was the PB & J:
I worked on this painting for a long time…For some reason, it fell by the wayside that year. It was rolled up, and I never completed the work.
I’ve lived in at least three different places with this painting rolled up in my closet.
Finally, after a couple of chocolate martinis, I took out the painting this past weekend, and finished it.
I know it’s hard to see just how big the painting is; I’ve been a terrible photographer and I apologize. I’m very happy with how the table and shadows have turned out. This is one of my favorite big still lifes. I added depth with thicker layers of paint, which is different from the thin strokes of the previous paintings. I’m really happy in my post-masters years; I’m not so poor anymore that I have to worry about running out of colors and not being able to buy more.
Another one of my favorite big still lifes is this one of bananas that I painted before the apples, and have since gifted to my dear friend, Matt.
I’m not sure why, but I enjoy painting bananas. In fact, my first painting ever- in 2003- was of bananas: