"The Gjetost Eaters Table Sketch" 2016 chacoal on paper 20" x 20"
Someone said to me that Edvard Munch painted with some crazy colors. I agreed and wondered if it was a result from eating Gjetost as a child. Gjetost is that dark brown Norwegian goat cheese, of course. It gave me the idea to make a painting of it but I didn't want to do a still life a la Chardin or the others who painted cheese and fruit on a slab of marble.
Instead, I wanted to depict the act of eating gjetost. I only know the way I was taught to eat it, which is on a piece of Knakebrot (Crisp Bread in Norwegian) or as I call it, "Crunchies". You could cut the cheese with a knife but we always used a cheese plane.
Anyway....I wasn't thinking of Van Gogh's Potato Eaters when I made this sketch. I simply had the round wooden table and I pushed it in front of the window for the rays of sunlight which would help focus attention on the cheese.
The painting is in the works and almost complete! I still have no Gjetost in the house.