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I’m not allowed to eat these things anymore, but who’s to say I can’t paint them? So, this is my latest painting, Snickers, just like it says on the wrapper.

The subject

Just as clearly, I’ve ripped open the wrapper at one end. Then I placed the chocolate bar on a simple, two-tone red and white background and chose the view from above. A bit of the wrapper where I tore it has twisted upwards, casting an interesting shadow to the right. By the way, I gave the background 4 layers of red paint, which I needed for the density of colour I wanted. I chose red (slightly neutralised with some black) to complement the scarlet border around the word Snickers. Originally, I planned to have a black and white background but I believe the red is better – it enlivens the painting.

I ought to add that I’ve painted the Snickers a bit larger than lifesize.

Why paint a Snickers?

Why paint a Snickers bar, you might ask. Well, sweets and candies of all kinds have become an accepted still life subject in recent years. So, it’s not like I’m not attempting anything radical here. Search for “still life sweets” in Google Images and you’ll find loads. They’re colourful and people seem to like them. And, as for me, I enjoy including graphics in my paintings. I may even paint a few more of these things. Different ones, I mean.

Unframed watercolour painting. Size 8.5 x 11.8 inches / 21.5 x 30 centimetres.

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