|The March of the Steamed Crabs|
by Jane McElvany Coonce
This weekend I had a marathon painting session. After setting up this still life, I painted Saturday, Sunday and Monday until I finished my latest painting in my crab series. I froze the crabs each evening so they wouldn't stink up the studio. I had found the tea towel with the crab motif down at Rehoboth Beach, and I've been waiting to use it in a still life. The biggest challenge was the holes of the steamer, but it was actually fun to do. The holes also cast an interesting pattern on the table top.
Now, I just need to do a few more crab paintings, and then I'll have enough to do a show somewhere with just my crab series.
The best part of doing this series is that I never know how many crabs to buy. When I went down to Maine Ave in DC, I bought a dozen. I only used 5 in the still life. So guess what? I ate the rest!