|The Taste of Tulalip, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches|
As a wedding and event painter, I watch people eat a lot of great food while I paint. Of course clients offer me a plate, and sometimes even a place at the table, but I rarely have time for that. If people are sitting down, it’s time for me to paint.
The Taste of Tulalip, in it’s seventh year, is an invitational bringing together chefs, sommeliers, winemakers, and connoisseurs for a weekend of seminars, demonstrations, and gala dinners. I painted during the Italian-themed celebratory dinner, on a riser adjacent to the main stage.
My view was much wider than I included in the painting, and this time I decided not to try to bend the perspective to fit it all in. But I did make sure to get the contortionist on the left.Tulalip Resort is a gaming casino, of course. So some time before dessert, the announcers instructed everyone to look under the cushion of their seat, and the individual who found there a sequined letter ‘T’ would go home with my painting. I painted her in the lower right.