food styling

golden pears

So, late late the other night I gilded some pears --  ya know, just 'cause I happened to have pears and some gold leaf.  I'm quite chuffed with myself over these little beauties. They are quite ravishing. I started with the most darling little Forelle pears -- tiny and perfect. In theory you could gild fruit with edible gold leaf -- the kind they sprinkle on pastries. But Lord knows where you find that stuff. Instead, I went with what I had on hand. I held the stem of each pear, gave it a quick spray with Easy Tack spray adhesive and then used my fingertip to pick up cut up sections of gold leaf that've been sitting around our house for ages. I know it's quite wasteful of me to treat food in this manner but I did it on a whim and now I'm imagining a whole tiered arrangement of gilded fruits -- Lady apples, apricots, kumquats. Can't help myself. I find leafing -- gold or silver -- to be so much more satisfying than painting -- it really seems like magic. Makes we want to run around the house and gold leaf everything...

 

feeling black

I don't really go in for the crazy Halloween decor that's around these days. For me, a bowl of gourds, or mini white pumpkins or even apples is all you need to set an autumnal mood. Don't like scary movies. Don't like scary decorating. But there is something sinister-meets-horn-of-plenty about the tableau above that I like. I think I like it mostly because it seems like a massive achievement in styling artistry. Socks are knocked off. The image is from Blackman Cruz, a cool LA shop with a rather dark aesthetic -- literally and figuratively. I feel sad today. I guess this happens sometimes...