Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pitchers and Pizzelle

Every time I make pizzelle with my grandmother's old pizzelle iron, I think, "These are so beautiful, I should paint them!"

Then, we eat them all.

So, the last time I made them, I put some in a tin and put them aside so they could have their portraits done. It's hard to believe, but I did not eat them ( luckily, I forgot about them!) and yesterday I started working on some still life set-ups. They are quite fragile, so I've been locking my studio door when I'm not in there, to keep out the cat. Also, they smell heavenly, and could easily tempt a hungry passer-by!

Here, I have grouped them with two little pitchers, which also belonged to my grandmother.

6"x6", Prismacolor and Coloursoft pencils on Ampersand Pastelbord


rowena said...

I don't blame you at all for eating them without restraint...they are such pretty things to munch on! What you've done with them artistically though goes one better. If I had even a minute percentage of your talent, a drawing like that would only serve to remind me that it's time to make more pizzelle!

Ron Morrison said...

Beautiful painting. I have made some good cyber blog friends and it is fun to visit. Its funny because although I live in an artists community, I communicate much more with fellow bloggers. Could you give me the low down on "Pizzelle"?

Liz P said...

Thanks, Rowena... you understand! And to make it even harder to resist the temptation to scarf down the whole batch, I usually make half of them in the traditional anise flavor, and the other half chocolate. I've never been able to decide which half is tastier. Thank goodness I don't have a weight problem!

Liz P said...

Hey Ron, I'd be glad to fill you in on pizzelle!

Pizzelle are Italian cookies, made with a device like a waffle iron. ( "Pizzelle" is the plural. If it was possible to eat just one, it would be a "pizzella".) The batter is usually flavored with anise, which is licorice-like, and the aroma fills the house when they're baking. Heavenly! The pizzelle are thin and crisp, lacy and pretty.

I have never seen them depicted in art work, and thought it needed doing!

Anonymous said...

Pizzelles are so addicting! You did a wonderful job of painting them :)
When we make them, we make hundreds and pile them by tens. There's always so many. Enough to share with everyone we know :)

Gillian said...

Just beautiful - a delicious piece of art. I'd never heard of pizzelles but I can't think why. They sound divine.