I chose Bleu Cheese for this piece because I find it a visually interesting cheese. The bottle (an antique from Belgium) would be beautiful even if I weren't fond of beer... but I am, which makes it that much more beautiful. Painting food, of course, needs no justification. Altogether, these things bring to mind the best aspects of the Old World. A rich and genuine simplicity.
The occasion of this painting also happened to be the first time I stumbled on what is now probably my Favorite Snack in the Whole World; Bleu Cheese on garlic toast, plus beer. I brought them all together for aesthetic reasons, but... after all, it was no good letting them go to waste. Waste is a sin.
Ah, well... art always requires some sacrifice, and I despise the idea of neglected duty.
It occurred to me that all three of these amazing substances are brought to us through God's gift of natural fermentation (it was sourdough bread, after all) and that got the wheels turning in my head. After reading a short essay on cheese by G.K. Chesterton, the outlines of a scheme started to take shape.
So, I'm now committed - some time in the next year - to sitting down to a plate of my own home-made cheese, on my own home-made bread and washing it down with my own home-brewed beer. That, along with this blog, I guess, constitutes The Grand Project. I'll keep you posted on that, as well as continuing art projects and other items of interest. Hopefully I'll stick with all of these things until I get really good at one of them.