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oil on wood, 12x9"
Made by Florida's first artisan raw milk cheesemaker, Winter Park Dairy, this blue cheese wedge came to represent the state on my cheesemap!
I love the name and this natural rind blue is as mellow and sunshiny as could be. I broke the wedge in half to get a good look at the interior blue-pocked paste and the sun-colored cows milk started to deepen on the sides as my painting progressed. That also allowed for a nice slender vertical wedge and gave me the other half to eat while I painted this half!! I loved how the exposure to the air allowed the cheese to create a subtle sunset palette. I decided to make the cheese itself be the sunshine, and keep the background colored as pure white [Florida] heat.
The un-cooked, un-pressed and aged 60+ days, blue has a nice mild, nutty taste and creamy texture with the imported French cultures.
Country of Origin: USA, Florida