Last night I began wondering about still life painting. It's a great way to learn to paint (no model to pay, it stays in one place, no bugs to swat) but where did this rather odd activity come from? According to Wikipedia
and other sources, representing everyday objects with food began with the Egyptians, can be found in Roman tile work, fell out of style and was revived in the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance and the increased interest in the natural world it experienced a great revival which seemingly hasn't let up.
While it still seems a bit odd to me, who am I to question thousands of years of people who have gone to garage sales and Goodwill for second hand junk and surrounded it with fruit and vegetables just for pleasure. I will admit that it's a great excuse to play with paint and color and the paintings are somehow more interesting to look at than the objects themselves.
I painted this as an instructional example. It was done in acrylic and is one of the five current setups we are using--which get changed every two to three weeks. The next painting session will begin January 18th.