One way to experience a new culture is through its food. You may recall that, after moving to Germany a little over a year ago, I quickly fell in love with the local bakery culture. The bakeries in Germany tend to be mom-and-pop operations and there are hundreds of different kinds of rolls and pastries that vary from region to region.
Not surprisingly, with my love of still life painting, I began painting the bread rolls and pastries that I found. With this series, I wanted to capture something that is both constant and consistent (the centuries-old tradition of bread making), but ephemeral (the bread is only fresh for that one day).
Food is something most of us spend little time thinking about because eating can be such a mundane, fleeting experience. Yet, in making these paintings, I felt like I was exploring small planets. It has been a humbling, absorbing, and ultimately profound experience, believe it or not.
Below are a few more to add to the collection. As you may be able to tell, I am working a little larger with these. The paintings are almost to scale, so these larger rolls and croissants needed more room to breathe.
If you would like to see the entire series, check out my website.
8 thoughts on “New in My Bakery Series”
I still can’t believe how life-like these all are! Your detailing is amazing!
I love your bread series. Just stunning! Happy Halloween (do they celebrate that in Germany?)!
Thank you and Happy Halloween to you, too! I don’t see a lot of Germans around here getting excited about Halloween, but the American community sure does.
LOVE your bread series! The croissant looks incredibly yummy 🙂
For the past couple of years I have made an effort to eat consciously. Big fan of slow food here 🙂
Slow food. Exactly.Thanks, Duni!
Your bread series is incredibly delicious and trompe l’oeil perfection. Awesome and impressive work.
Thank you, Shelley!