During winter … when plein air painting is not so convenient… Nicole likes to focus on still life painting. Last winter she chose the theme “Kiwi Classics” or “Kiwiana”. In this selection Nicole is pointing out some typical Kiwi food items and the Buzzy Bee, an iconic Kiwi toy. “Even my kids played with it!” she explains. Being a collector of tins she finds that the typical Kiwiana products show the pride and thoughtfulness with which they were created.
Europeans might find it strange to eat spaghetti with tomato sauce from a tin, however, it’s lovely on toast with some cheese sprinkled over it and heated up in the oven.
Whattie’s Spaghetti was painted in oil on primed watercolour paper. The palette knife was used to create texture. Although the artwork is small, the frame gives it a beautiful presence.