A good idea is a good idea, so when George Malley suggested I paint the Old Bay Seasoning can, I was all about it. It took one copy of the Baltimore Sun sent from Maryland and almost a year, but the painting is now complete. For these tastebuds, Old Bay is like candy, enhancing the flavor of anything it touches.
Visually, I set out to create this excitement, bursting forth from its origin — the timeless packaging showcased in the primary triad of red, yellow and blue.
After the jump, snapshots of the entire process.
Starting with the headline collage… snuck in “The Sun” masthead to pay homage to Maryland. These particular headline explore my personal feelings with Old Bay, and the ideals behind a beloved brand.
Starting out with the notion of an orange background… a quick sketch was laid down to get my bearings.
Now, things are beginning to take form… the yellow in the can really grounds the composition.
Lid on, ready to take a trip to funky town.
Random selection of the line moving away from the can, around the headlines and toward the canvases edge.
Getting close, applying Old Bay colors throughout in splashes and accents.
Old Bay! I took some editorial liberty with the lightness of the crab, shrimp and chicken… I wanted “Old Bay” to be the focus.