A trio of pears. A collection of gourds. A bowl of apples. As a still life subject, painting food—particularly colorful fruit and vegetables—is a timeless choice. Lisa Ober, Ria Hills and Karen Howard are three pastel artists who bring a contemporary attitude to their paintings of food. While their subjects may certainly include classics—cherries, lemons, tangerines—they’ve also widened their exploration of the genre, extending their search for subject from the produce department to the candy aisle, bakery case and beyond.
In the February 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, the three pastelists offer their insights for food paintings with bright, colorful, even mouth-watering results. And here are a few examples to whet your appetite!
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