I am thrilled to be once again accepted as a finalist at the Luminarts Cultural Foundations Visual Arts Competition. There were around 400 applications this year and only about 30 were chosen to be finalists. Five finalists will be awarded $5,000 grants on the night of the reception, May 12th 5:30 - 7:00pm. I will be displaying two paintings in the show, "Remembering Iwo Jima", and "Walked in Lincoln's Steps". Also, as last year, the event will be held at the Union League Club of Chicago. This is a one night show, so May 12th will be the only chance to see it. There is more information on my other site by clicking Events.
As you can see the background has sunken in a bit since you last saw it while wet. This will be fixed later on when I oil it out and add the detail to the green wooden shadow box. For now, I'm still working on the second layer on the ration items. The pictures below show me correcting the values on the spam can.
In previous posts I was demonstrated my process on the WWII rations painting. While sections of that piece were drying, I completed this cookie painting below. I typically have two paintings in progress at the same time to give myself something to work on if the other needs time to dry.
The Oreo interests me because it's an iconic brand that dates back all the way to 1912; I believe the version and styling of the Oreo as we know it came about in the early 1950's.
It fascinates me how a simple, manufactured food item has become such a common part of society for so many generations. My goal with this piece was to capture it's iconic beauty by painting the face of a single Oreo in great detail. I also paired it with an original Krazy Straw and glass of milk. For additional interest and perhaps a bit of suspense, I balanced the cookie on the lip of the glass.
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