Monday, April 29, 2013

Delicious - SOLD

Acrylic on 8x10 canvas panel
Available through DPW gallery/auction

I am on a diet. I know, I know - don't call it a diet, it's a lifestyle change. But when I have a list of "don'ts" for food, it's a diet. It's not so much a list of don'ts, but a conscious choice of what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. Lifestyle change - yea, probably. I'm hitting a milestone this summer, my days of eating anything I wanted & still being thin are long behind me. I accept that - I don't need to look like I'm 20 again, I just want to feel good.

I've lost 20 pounds so far. Wasn't easy, I will say. I have another 20+ to go. It's ok, it is working and I'm feeling better. But there are certain things I miss having. So when the Artists Challenge Gallery listed the next challenge of "It's all delicious" - well, I knew I had to paint something that was on my "don't" list. Well, maybe "don't have it often" and "don't have it quite so big." Ah, those youthful years when there isn't a care.... (I maintain that I don't miss smoking, but I do miss being young enough to not care! Same can be said for decadent, fatty foods.)

This painting is also a mini-step towards a different painting style for me. I want to get looser with my strokes (isn't it funny how many artists say this). But I want to get out of the details & back into the shapes that I use to focus on.

I actually painted this twice. The first attempt was tight, with details all over. I struggled with it and wound up not liking it. So I repainted it, on top of the old one (sorry, no photos of the old version exist). I am much happier with this one. The bun, the beef, the onions - all of it redone with a wider, square brush & a constant remix of color.

This painting has made me anxious to do another painting and work the loose brush strokes in more. This painting also makes me hungry!  ;-)


martinealison said...

Aller à l'essentiel... pas simple parfois ! moi qui suis très soucieuse du détail!
Pas simple non plus les régimes !
Une amie très gourmande mettait son maillot de bain dans le réfrigérateur. Chaque fois qu'elle l'ouvrait pour aller grignoter elle refermait vite la porte en apercevant son maillot de bain qui la rappelait à l'ordre !...
Attention avec ce superbe sandwich !
gros bisous

CrimsonLeaves said...

You ARE still young enough to care or you would not be dieting! So see? There you go! I care, but apparently not enough to starve myself. Sigh...This looks delicious!


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