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.

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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!

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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.

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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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