Last year, I decided to get back to my roots in two ways: 1. I started doing more oil painting, and 2. I started intentionally discovering and re-discovering how to use whole, fresh fruits and vegetables in cooking.
Eggplant & Onions. One of my food paintings, Summer 2012
I felt really rusty at both. But cultivating any skill takes practice, and time, and patience, and more practice.
I began to note around this time that cooking is about more than just making flavors work together. By painting still life food paintings (food portraits?) like this one, I was unintentionally learning to connect a little better with my ingredients.