I’m always looking for new art experiences, new genres, so here it is. Jelly Beans. Actually, JB art has been around since the 80s when President Regan declared them as his favorite snack, but for me, it’s a recent discovery.. (His JB portrait hangs in the Regan Presidential Library.)
California artist Kristen Cumings is well known for her jelly bean art. She’s the Artist In Residence at Jelly Belly company, copying the works of old masters, like those of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring. Cumings spends between 8,000-12,000 hours per each mural and they look like mosaics … shiny, like glass. She starts by creating an image with acrylic paint, and then using spray adhesive, she sticks on the beans, one by one.
Oh, and the mess ups? She eats them.