Luckily today since I often use modern food, so filled with cancer causing preservatives, this is not as much an issue.
For one of my more recent still lifes I needed a cup of tomato soup in the picture. I thought of using the real thing but I figured it probably was not necessary.
|Spring Break Lunch, 16x20, oil, ©Richard Luschek 2014|
I did need a stand in. I figured it would be just as well to use paper. Luckily for me I still had a set of Color-Aid from one of my useless foundations classes from college. I picked the color I thought would most approximate Campbell's Tomato soup. I cut it to shape, used a cardboard coffee cup sleeve to get the right height and made my own, fake cup o' soup.
To get the spoon to lay just the way I wanted it I had to clip off the end. While I try to make these set ups look as if they are happenstance, they are anything but. It took me a few days to get this all arranged just right.
In case you are wondering, that is my kick-ass lunch box from when I was a kid. The toys are mine too. They are from a cool Fort Apache play set I got one Christmas. As my wife likes to remind me on a regular basis while trying to organize stuff, it is still in a box on a shelf in our basement- next to my Millennium Falcon.
The painting is currently on view at Rottinghaus Gallery.