Friday, February 14, 2014


I was just thinking about chocolate . . . I don't know why.

Maybe because it's Valentine's Day?  Or because I am a woman and the day ends with a Y?

Anyway, I remembered painting these Chocolate Paintings, years ago.  My gallery in Durango had asked me to create something to decorate their booth for a local fundraiser, "Chocolate Fantasia".  The theme was "Old Hollywood", so I decided to create some old movie posters of Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe.

And, I decided to try to paint them, using only chocolate!

I painted layers of "watercolor" washes with COCOA.  After doing as much as I could with a brush and the cocoa wash, I let it dry and then came back into it with Baker's Chocolate Squares -- using the square as if it were a stick of pastel.  

The posters smelled great, even after they dried!  

They were a big hit, although most people didn't realize they were done totally with chocolate.  I probably should have done a live demo.  

It was fun, though!


  1. Brilliant idea and they are good paintings too.

  2. Oh, my gosh! These are amazing. How did the chocolate hold up longevity wise?

    1. Thanks! I don't really know, Michelle, how they held up. The paintings were donated to a long-time volunteer at the festival. I told them when I gave my okay that I couldn't guarantee their longevity. Haven't heard . . .

  3. I have been searching for a watercolor flower project illustrating value changes that was posted a couple of years ago and continued rummaging through the archived posts when I happened upon your chocolate paintings. My husband's aunt was a seamstress in New York for many years. She told me that she had made the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore for the publicity photo shoot for that film. I have always enjoyed that photo. Wish I had the pattern for the dress.