I have painted with many media. Yesterday I ran an encaustic art workshop. At Burnie, I demonstrated painting on silk last weekend. I am about to deliver three miniatures painted in oil paint and I have a commissioned acrylic on canvas to be collected this week. Most of my adult students like to learn watercolour. One of the awards I have won is a TasArt one for a work in soft pastel and have also done art in coloured pencil, kiln fired paintings onto glass, scraperboard and more. But the most unusual, and probably the most difficult, is painting with chocolate. The works here are all painted with chocolate. Lovely rich dark chocolate from local chocolate maker Anvers melts so beautifully, but I also use the lighter toned milk chocolate and white chocolate which often needs the addition of a little copha to obtain a suitable paint consistency. This is coloured with powdered dyes for chocolate for the colourful works.
I have had many debates with people about the pros and cons of different art media and of course those who know me realize I love all of them. But probably the most unusual, and quiete difficult to work with, is painting with chocolate. Melting the chocolate to a creamy consistency it can be applied most easily with palette knives or fingers. Tomorrow I will be at Latrobe for their annual Chocolate Winterfest. This event has grown every year and includes a huge range of chocolate inspired activities. My painting with chocolate demonstration is just one of them. The pictured work on canvas of The Nut at Stanley is a practise as you will appreciate that this is not my usual medium so before “performing” in public a little rehearsal quells the nerves a little..