Hit the Gas features an array of lovely cabbages and a cauliflower transported by a vintage toy truck. The truck has collided with the baked beans, causing a Brussels sprouts blowout. This piece started as a bit of schoolboy-quality humor. You see, at a recent art show, one of my artist friends would eat a large salad full of cruciferous vegetables every day. We would all joke...and believe me, that kind of humor escalates, toot sweet!
To get the can at the correct angle, I used modeling clay to prop it up. Soft lighting from the lower left provides lustrous highlights on the cabbages and dramatic shadows in the background. The painting’s intricacies meant that I had to put the veg in the refrigerator each night and set up the scene again each morning until I finished.
Heinz baked beans were a household staple when I was growing up in Britain - you can’t have beans on toast without them - so I found this can at a British specialty foods importer to complete the scene.
A result of this painting is that my wife Sharon has asked me to paint only one cabbage at a time. We had a heck of a time eating all this produce at once when the painting was done.
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