It’s been a 8 days since I did groceries and bought the hand-selected subjects of my current art project. The produce has been rapidly decaying in a bread box that is containing the humidity and terrible stink.
I found a spot in the house/studio to take pictures of these rotting beauties and thought I would take a picture of the them being taken a picture of (see below). The angle of the lighting isn’t ideal, but since this is intended to literally be a display shelf, it seems fitting that I use this to stage my images.
I’m pretty excited about all the mold forming on these guys. For example, you probably can’t tell in the image, but the tomato (bottom image) actually has long mold hairs sprouting out of the stem. The rest of the mold is fuzzy and like velvet, but the little delicate white hairs are like dandelion seed heads. According to Wikipedia, there are indeed a variety of molds like Rhizopus that can grow on “mature fruits and vegetables.” (Ha. As a side note, I love how that there is politically correct terminology for “rot.” Mature. I think I’ll adopt that terminology from now on so as not to offend.) Haven’t quite identified what the molds growing on my mature fruits and veggies are, but excited to paint them and immortalize them…
It’s official! I’m been selected to be a Cambridge Community Supported Arts artist which means I’ll be extremely busy making art this summer for the October deadline. Yesterday I bought the following supplies:
- 25 8″x8″ wood (birch or beech?) canvases
- 2 General Finishes water-based stains (pecan and antique oak)
- some foam brushes for applying the stains
In keeping it local, I bought the canvases from the Artist & Craftsman Supply store on Mass Ave., Cambridge, and the stain and brushes from the Rockler Woodworking store also on Mass Ave., Cambridge. Then I stained the heck out of the wood canvases. I started with a water-based wood conditioner and then I ended up going with the following 3 stains: walnut, shaker maple, and antique oak. Antique oak ended up being a little lighter than I thought, but I must say, the 3 make a handsome trio.
Today I continued my art shopping spree with a trip to Trader Joe’s where I hand selected the following special subjects for my portraits:
- Jazz apples
- mandarin orange with stems and leaves
- tomatoes on the vine
The cashier was a bit confused when I adamantly refused her offer to get me another box of tomatoes that were not rotting. ‘It’s for my art project,’ I told her. That did not clarify the situation.
Next step, paint…
It’s been a long, challenging year…but I’m here now and looking forward to painting more rotting produce and embracing beauty in things that may not necessarily seem beautiful on first glance.