Over the weekend I participated in a 3-day Flemish oil painting class, “Tools for Poetry” taught by Paul Van Ernich. He travels to California once a year to teach this course at the San Clemente Art Supply Studio. I love the class and learned so much from him over the weekend. He truly is a master of the 17th-century classical painting style.
The small class was the perfect size, just 10 students, because it allowed everyone to have time with the Dutch master to develop our own work. Everyone worked on their own subjects, some portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. Every step of the process was guided by Ernich, who assisted in selecting composition, developing the underpainting, and executing the oil phase.
I selected a still life composition for the subject of my three day painting. Food has always been a fascinating subject for me because it demands a level of detail that other subjects can handle loosely. When I work on illustrating food I am always asking myself:
“which details need to be in the painting for it to really appear to be food and which details are less important?” How should the light hit the subject and play with its interpretation?”
This really is a challenging and exciting part of the painting process for me and I get to reexplore it every time I return to this subject. I recently fell in love with painting food. There is something beautiful about capturing a subject that decomposes. I purchased the burger on Friday and knew by Sunday it would be gone, whether I ate it or it just decomposed. The beauty in capturing a moment, admiring food in its prepared state, or just viewing food as light and mass. Even the process of creating the painting is fascinating to me; I’m not sure what it is about this subject, whether it is building up the textures on the bread, or the highlights of the onion, but I just really loved executing this painting. I thought the bun was going to be my least favorite part, but it ended up being my favorite. Below is a closer image of the burger.
I’m going to continue to build up this painting and will post the finished piece soon. <3 to my patrons and followers. If you’d like to see the progress updates, just head over to my instagram, youtube, or more food paintings on etsy.