Painting With Food/Spices

I have often noticed that the dinner plates I’m rinsing off in the sink after a meal, resemble an artist’s paint palette.  The various liquid colors could come from the meat itself or maybe a spice that was on it.  Wherever the colors came from, it got me thinking…could I actually paint with these?  The answer is yes!  I gathered a few colorful spices from my drawer and also microwaved and mashed some blueberries I had in the freezer.


My painting would be a simple, somewhat abstract landscape on 140 lb. watercolor paper.  The experimentation with color proved very interesting.  Although the blueberries produced a vibrant red-violet hue, the wash dried to a soft purple-gray color…perfect for a stormy sky!


The rest of the “Arizona” landscape consisted of Curry for the ground, Turmeric for the background mountains and foreground elevations and Paprika for the red rock formations and details.


The finished painting not only released a nice fragrance, but left behind small particles of granular texture from the spice blends.  This one is truly a paint first, then wait and see process…you really will have no idea how the colors will react when put down on paper.  What other colors could I get creative with besides coffee, tea and my previous experimental products?  Hmm, I’ll let you know as soon as I finish eating..!



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