I certainly learned from the experience, painting ugly and rather gross things. My sculpture teacher first encouraged me to paint these illustrations from the recipe book, Davis Dainty Dishes that I had showed her a couple of years ago, when I was still at Mount Allison University, completing my BFA. She attended my opening, and I reminded her of the time I'd brought the recipe book into class, and told her, this was now all her fault that I was painting these moulds! She stated it was good to paint ugly things! Indeed!
One of the ugliest of the " Dainty Dishes " is called Tongue Mould. Not that it is the ugliest, but the thought of eating cow's tongue brought back an old memory in my mind, the sight of a big old cow tongue laid up on the counter, in my mother's kitchen, that she was lovingly preparing for supper, when I was a teenager, and at that very moment I swore this would never ever pass my lips!
This one has got to be the ugliest!
I couldn't bring myself to even think about painting tongue mould, not unlike many others in the book. Before my sculpture professor left the Struts Gallery on Tuesday night, she requested a commission painting of, you guessed it " Tongue Mould!
Now for you visual pleasure, I 've posted below the picture I have been commissioned to paint of tongue mould. The other six are from my series of six egg tempera paintings I have hanging at Struts Gallery. They will be up until Saturday June 14th 2014. Here's to painting ugly things!
|Tongue Mould From Davis Dainty Dishes|
|Charlotte Russe - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6"x6", 2014|
|Carrington Mould - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6"x6", 2014|
|Pavlova - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6" x 6", 2014|
|Beetroot Mould - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6" x 6", 2014|
|Fruit Jelly Mould - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6" x6", 2014|
|Salmon In Jelly Mould - Egg Tempera on Ceramic Tile, 6" x 6", 2014|