Cheese Portrait HannahbellsMike Geno Studio
These thimble-shaped cheese morals are also about the same size of a thimble and they were sent to me from Shy Brothers Farm, in Massachusetts.
Their story is interesting. Arthur, Norman, Kevin and Karl Santos, two sets of fraternal twins, needed to survive in a tough dairy market where milk was difficult to sell for a profit. They traveled to France and came back with a new goal to turn their 3rd generation dairy farm into a sustainable cheese-producing business. These buttons are inspired by the French "boutons de culottes" (trouser buttons) and are named after the brothers' mother, Hannahbell. These single-creme cheeses taste smooth and rich as a triple-creme, and they are full of big flavor despite their demure size.
Since they sent me a generous amount to paint, four different kinds, I decided to paint one of each; the four flavors I have and perhaps representing the four brothers : Classic French, Lavender, Chipolte and Rosemary - in that order. They are incredibly delicious and creamy. I absolutely love them despite how difficult it was to paint such small irregular cylinders with such specific textures and colors.
Ink on paper, ready to frame: image 7x9", matte 11x14"
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