Arts Everyday Living: Creative Routines At Home–the Art of Food–Escape from Social Isolation

An excerpt from Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively, chapter on Creative Routines.

 

The hours can loom ahead if you find yourself confined….Boredom, restlessness, even despair can result, negatively affecting your overall perspective and self-esteem.

Yet, even the most mundane task can be a source of artistry.  Or, as the painter Georgia O’Keeffe once observed, you can find art in everyday life, “when you buy a pair of shoes, address a letter, comb your hair.” The way you fill the space of the envelope in the handwriting unique to you, or arrange your stray locks into an attractive coif, or linger over the design of the newest fashion in high heels can be a creative achievement.

Food, too, can have its own beauty, not just tantalizing the stomach but the eye as well. Countless artists, from ancient times to the Renaissance to today have concocted culinary treats in paint that a cordon bleu chef would envy.

 

From the familiar apple,

 

Felix Vallotton, Apples, 1919, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

 

to the ingredients of a salad,

 

Johannes Ludwig Camradt, Culinary Herbs (translation), 1823, oil, National Gallery of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

to a tasty dessert,

 

C. P. Ream, Dessert Number 4, 19th century, still life prints, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts

 

and a banquet fit for a king.

 

Andries Benedetti, Still Life with a Vase of Roses and Tulips and Ham on Pewter Plate, 17th century, oil on canvas, Unidentified Location

 

Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) was a Swiss artist, who primarily painted in France; his subjects ranged from portraits to landscapes to still lifes.

I couldn’t find much information on Danish artist Johannes Ludwig Camradt (1779-1849).

C. P. Ream (1837/1838-1917) was an American artist who created a number of still lifes.

Flemish artist Andries Benedetti (c. 1615-1669) was an expert of elaborate still lifes, often commissioned by aristocrats and nobility.

Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively

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