Thursday, February 18, 2010

February is National Pie Month

You know February is National Pie Month, don't you. You didn't? Well, it seems that it is. Not only that, some folks say it is National CHERRY Pie Month because Washington's birthday is in February. The facts on National Pie Month are a little vague. When I googled, I couldn't find any definitive information, just a lot of "In Honor of…" recipes and articles. So I don't know who started it, why they started it or how long it has been in force. If anyone comes up with a good link, pass it on, please.
Let's Have Pie!, 9"x12", acrylic, framed, © B Sistak Baur. All rights Reserved.
No matter because it just so happens that I just completed a cherry pie painting this very month! And, I didn't even know it was National Pie Month until a couple of days ago!

This artwork is part of a small "glass" series I completed this winter. There are three paintings on three different types of glass plates. Glass is always a challenge but a fun one. In fact, I even like doing it! I always thought I wouldn't like it thinking it would be too tedious. But that is not the case at all.

This pie sits up proud and high on a tall glass plate. The background is textured with a soft yellow, a perfect back drop for the bluish glass and shadows. The pie filling drips over the sides of the pans. It is made with a gooey concoction of paints and syrup-y gels. The pie crust is a combination of thicker gels and modeling pastes to represent the stiff, baked crust. Color is dry brushed across the top for the "browning." The texture is very apparent in the close up (you can also double click on any photo for a larger view).

The Sketchbook Project at Brooklyn Art Library (Video)

Update:  I just discovered that there was fire involving the sketchbooks in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project in February, 2022 --...