Peanut Butter & Jelly from 2014

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. 

Eggs in a carton

Here is the photo of the cracked egg. My sister Hope deserves thanks for letting me crack an egg on her kitchen table.

The painting:

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:

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