February 24, 2009

"Crustaceans"

Oil on museum quality ampersand gessobord panel 8" x 8"

Baltimore has long been called "the land of pleasant living" in advertisements for National Bohemian beer. Natty Boh being the proper drink of choice to wash down a dozen steamed crabs. Tossed unceremoniously on brown Kraft paper or on yesterdays news, these steaming hot crustaceans are what makes living in Maryland so special. In New England, arthropods are treated more upscale, often accompanied by a tenderloin filet and a fine Cabernet. The French take seafood to yet another level, pun intended. Their "plateau de fruits de mer" is a thing of beauty. Assorted shellfish and crabs are artfully arranged on a tower of ice filled splendor. You can find these in just about every brasserie in Paris. I hated to deconstruct these glorious edible works of art, although they were delicious.

8 comments:

Diane said...

I am currently in the land of lobsters and these look pretty delicious to me!

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Diane. Give my regards to your parents.

Chris Beck said...

Yummy!! And in reference to a couple of posts ago -- if you like strawberry shortcake, you have to try strawberry schaumtorte sometime! My mother cooked main course food like yours did, but she whipped up a mean schaumtorte!

Mark Adams said...

Sounds tasty, Chris. Did your mother share the schaumtorte recipe with her daughter? I'd love to see it.

Chris Beck said...

I have it right here, Mark. Be happy to send it.

Mark Adams said...

Great! Strawberry season is just around the corner.

becky joy said...

Great colors. The lobster absolutely jumps off the canvas at the viewer.

Mark Adams said...

Thanks, Becky. I like your blog title: "Becky Joy daily painting, almost" I can relate.