My favorite Easter candy- Cadbury Mini Eggs. I already have a bag in the candy drawer. Along with multiple boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!
Still Life Paintings
I went through a moderately obsessive period of painting baked goods. Mostly slices of cake, but also baguettes and macarons. This is one of those paintings.
The fixings for a top-shelf guavarita.
“Places Here,” a show of my San Diego urban landscapes, will open January 18 at the Lyceum Gallery in downtown San Diego.
Glazed donut from 7-11. I went through a phase of being fascinated by the complex topographies of the seemingly simple shapes of donuts.
This is the study for a larger painting, and every time I look at it I hear a Shakira song in my head that must have been playing while I worked on both pieces. The song goes “Solo tu something something.” It’s off the album “Donde Estan Los Ladrones” which is one of my go-to painting soundtracks.
A Spanish new year’s tradition.
Macarons painting- For Sale.
I love macarons, and I have finally learned how to make them at home. So far, I have had some odd results in terms of shape but they were still very tasty. I’ve tackled raspberry and pineapple-chocolate.
The ones in this painting were store bought at a great Korean bakery here in San Diego called Big Joy. I think the flavors were pistachio, strawberry, and cappuccino.
This painting has a companion clementine still life painting that I posted a couple of days ago. Often I do still lifes on rainy days, and when wet weather lasts for a week, I do several paintings of the same objects.
The colors in the two paintings aren’t identical, but they are similar, and I like the way the two pieces look together.
I painted this one a while back. It was hard to paint this cupcake, because the entire time I wanted to eat it.
Two more clementines.
The plums were not ripe, so I sequestered them in the painting studio. I love all the delicate purples and lavenders in the bloom on plums.
Last year I went into a time of obsession with macarons, and I sampled as many as I could. I bought this chocolate one on a trip to Chicago.
French Macarons… one of my favorite desserts. I’d say pistachio- like this one- is the best flavor, but it’s so hard to choose!
The macaron came from Big Joy Bakery in San Diego.
When I lived in Spain during junior year of college, my host family had a cousin with an orchard that grew clementines- “mandarinas.” He brought baskets and baskets of them to the house. We ate them for months.
My favorite kind of still life is the pantry scene, of humble food objects in a peaceful setting. I think when those paintings are successful, they turn into a type of poem about being in that moment, kind of a Zen thing. Yet they preserve that moment, and make it timeless.
When people talk about being right brained, and when they talk about meditation, that’s what I think they mean, finding that calm, golden feeling.
The bread here is home made by the way- a home made ciabatta.
- Historic Designation in Ocean Beach
- Pink House in Hillcrest, San Diego
- Red Velvet Cake Painting
- North Park San Diego Plein Air
- Eucalyptus Grove, San Diego
- North Park, San Diego Painting
- Green Tunnel, San Diego
- Carpinteria Beach Painting
- North Park Painting, San Diego
- Train Tracks in Santa Barbara, California