Some paintings seem to appear without too much of a struggle, others fight back and give me a run for my money.
'Wash Your Hands, Stay At Home, Buy Pasta' was a bit of both!
This is a painting inspired by Covid19 and the strange stockpiling behaviour it seemed to trigger. At a time when people were going into lockdown and there were many people going out of their way to help others and care for their communities, there were also many others that decided that buying all the pasta in the world was the way to go. And this caused the first hurdle I had to overcome – actually getting my hands on the pasta.
I came up with the idea for the painting and I liked the strong, graphic element of the 3 forks lined up and I really wanted the specific types of pasta on them. I had some penne and spaghetti in my cupboard but I really wanted some twirly pasta too (or fusilli if we're giving it its proper name) but you couldn't get any pasta, in any shop, anywhere.
Luckily a random ask to a wonderful friend saw a doorstep delivery of a dozen pieces of fusilli within the hour so I could then get cracking with pasta photographing!
The painting itself then went quite smoothly for most of the time. I got it all roughly blocked in and was happy with how it was looking and then I worked over the whole painting again with the detail layers. All was going well until the bloomin' penne! At first I just couldn't get it right – it ended up looking 'dirty' or as my daughter Isobel proclaimed when she walked into the room 'that pasta looks burnt doesn't it mum!'
So in the end, I probably painted that last forkful of pasta about 8 times! I could potentially have painted over it several more times but I got to a point when I figured it looked ok so I called it quits and stepped away from the easel before I wrecked it!
And here are the pics that show 'Wash Your Hands, Stay At Home, Buy Pasta' develop from blank canvas to finished painting...