Strawberry Gelatin Dessert with Strawberries!

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                                                                 8" x 8" Oil on Panel

When I think about gelatin desserts, I am reminded of my favorite childhood book, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," by Judi and Ron Barrett. For those not familiar with the book, it is about the special town of Chewandswallow, where all the food rained down from the sky. I must have read this book a thousand times and each time I would eagerly await the page about the "wonderful Jell- O setting in the west." In the distance, you could see a golden Jello sun, stacked to the sky and reminiscent of vintage Jello mold desserts. 

It was this memory, along with my reflections of summer picnics and and family reunions, that inspired my newest painting entitled, "Strawberry Gelatin Dessert with Strawberries." The painting features this wiggly, wobbly dessert seated atop a white pedestal and crowned with whipped cream (of course!). The light source is positioned overhead to help to highlight the gelatin and illuminate it's translucent qualities. Visually, I am drawn to the glass like nature of gelatin and its intense range of colors. With regards to flavor, I love strawberry and peach the best. I had so much fun making this painting, that I plan to make a another in the near future featuring lime gelatin.


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