Art Month: Meet Carol Gillot
Carol Gillot says paintingis “a lot like cooking.” She mixes up her own watercolor paints from raw pigments, including Vermillion red from China, Lapis blue from Turkey, Burnt Sienna from Tuscany and many other intense colors.
Carol’s watercolors and blog reflect her “twin passions” for breakfast in Paris.
Are you a morning person? With a blog named for breakfast it seems like you must be?
I’m a lark, up at 4 a.m. That’s when I create my blog post with a cup of hot chocolate for assistance. Later I have fresh fruit (pomegranate and a mandarin) if I’m going to the pool. And a boring hard boiled egg after the pool. But in Paris I pull out the stops: croissant, jam, hot chocolate, O.J., yogurt, fruit. I’d prefer to have breakfast in Paris all the time.
Usually no one minds. In France I’ll ask permission, after I’ve shot the windows. I pretend not to hear, when they say: Miss ah miss..no photos. Click!
Can you recommend other artists who often are inspired by food?
The impressionists, Manet, Fantin La Tour, Monet, Van Gogh painted whole tables of food and we artists can’t help but be influenced by them.
Duane Keiser is the still life master who started everyone posting their paintings daily. He can make a gumdrop look ethereal. Jeff Hayes does terrific food paintings and he’s a whiz at painting glass. Justin Clayton is another superb daily still life painter.
Can passion for food and cooking can be an entry point, a way for us to learn more about art?
Currently people care more about their food, where it comes from, even going to a farmer’s market to buy directly. Has this made us look more carefully at food and then want to see it hanging on our walls? I think so. But food has always been beautiful.
The Impressionists knew that as did the Dutch. Romans painted murals of feasts on the wall for their guests. Paintings of food are a window into a culture’s taste, but I’ll never paint a Big Mac.