If you follow me on Instagram (@karenlycheng) you might have seen a few of my food flatlays.
This birds-eye view photographic style on a white background works for me, because it’s so simple and quick for me to do!
When I cook, I already have all this stuff cluttering my benchtop, my pantry and my cooktop… so I just plonk my white board onto the floor (right at the foot of my kitchen counter), arrange all the bits and pieces around and take a snap.
It’s like painting on a canvas! I make a huge mess! It’s so much fun!
This was my lunch one afternoon. Crumbed chicken breast with some salad and almonds.
And this is what the mess looked like from a wider angle! Open packets, containers, lids… all over the floor!
I recently shared an Anzac Slice Recipe for School Lunchboxes on my blog… and this is the slice, 10 minutes fresh from the oven.
I also arranged other bits and pieces that I was about to pack into my children’s lunchboxes. It was 7am and my kids thought I was quite weird.
They said stuff like, “Are you putting all that food on the floor? Then you’re going to put it in our lunchbox??” But I just ignored them because I was having fun and I was in my creative zone yo.
And this is the Maple Plum Crumble that I made the other week.
It was early in the evening and there was a slight shadow on the left side of the photo, so I grabbed another white board and propped it against a chair to bounce a bit more light onto the objects.
This may not be “true painting” but it certainly satisfies my spontaneous creative itch – which makes me insanely happy!
Do follow me at @karenlycheng to see some of my other recent food art ;)