Art of the Day: Still Life with Akvavit

Denmark, foodie heaven.
A light Danish snack, rendered in pastel. The bread should be thickly buttered and there should be smoked herring and sliced ham in the picture, but you get the concept. The beverage is Akvavit, the potent Scandinavian spirit flavored with caraway. It’s best served syrupy-thick straight from the freezer, preferably alongside smoked herring and buttered bread. The red currents are called “ribes” in Danish, purchased just yesterday from the foodie paradise Torvehallerne, which is a permanent farm market in the heart of Copenhagen and our favorite weekly shopping trip. Pardon me while I sip this akvavit. Pastel on sanded Artspectrum paper, 14″ x 16″.

2 thoughts on “Art of the Day: Still Life with Akvavit

  1. zeladoniac says:

    Thank you, anna warren. I think the European influence here is about two parts culture and one part hunger. The elements in the painting have been consumed, by the way. I’d call this a painting, since the entire sheet is covered with pigment. The pieces in graphite and pastel would be called mixed media drawings. Good question!

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