In my previous post, I mentioned how I wanted to try Spam; just for bragging rights. How bad could it be? Well, turns out, it's not great. I pan fried my Spam and placed it in a grilled cheese sandwich. The meat tastes like salty, mushy ham with a tinny finish. It's edible, but not recommended. In fact, I think it ruined my grilled cheese. I powered through the meal but I'm confident to say, Spam will be much better as a still life prop in my painting than in my sandwich.
I already have a good start on my next painting which will continue the WWII theme. Some how I stumbled upon a website that makes reproduction rations served to WWII servicemen. It interested me to see the food and items distributed to the men in the early 40's, especially the 4 - pack of cigarettes and of course the can of spam relabeled as, "Pork Luncheon Meat". I've never had spam, but this project has me wanting to try some lol.
For this still life, I decided to set the items up in a army green shadow box. The shadow box has been used in trompe l'oeil painting since the beginning but it is something I haven't utilized in my work yet; we'll see how I like it.
I also build the frame for this painting too. I prefer to make my frames and drill all the necessary mounting holes before I start painting. Once the piece is completed, the frame and hardware can easily be installed. I decided a while back its too risky for me to be drilling and fitting a completed painting for a frame.
This is also my first attempt at a floating frame. Normally, all of my painting receive a traditional style frame that covers the edges of the work. However, for this piece, I think it will look best with the edges exposed. The frame is made from a solid 2" by 2" piece of red oak, a bit overkill, but I really like the way it looks. It just needs a bit of sanding and a couple coats of black paint.
With all the prep work out of the way, I can finally start laying down the first layer of paint.
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