30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day Five: “Tabasco (Large & Small)”


"Tabasco (Large & Small)"

“Tabasco (Large and Small)” is an original painting by New York artist John Tebeau, one of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. (click here to purchase) November’s theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink. December’s theme will be announced later. Have suggestions for subjects or themes? Let me know with a comment.

I love Louisiana. I love hot sauce. I love Tabasco. It’s the iconic American pepper sauce, still made on Avery Island, LA, where back in 1862 the Avery family discovered a massive salt mine, which saved the confederacy’s bacon. Literally. Since 1868 the salt has been put to good use making Tabasco sauce, and subsequently, many a Bloody Mary.

(NOTE: there’s a subtle fire motif in the background of this painting: red flames on the orange background. The difference is too subtle for my scanner to fully catch, but it’s really quite striking. And SPICY LOOKING.)

I’m doing a painting each day this month. 30 paintings in 30 days. Being November, the Month of the Feast, the theme is Things We Love to Eat and Drink.

A painting a day, and yes, they’re for sale. And they’re affordable: $99, which includes free first-class shipping. You can buy them on my Etsy store by clicking here. Check this blog every day (or the Etsy store) to see the new painting du jour. Each one is 5″ by 7″ on sturdy illustration board; perfect for a standard size frame, or easy to matte for a larger one.

I’ll need some content, folks, so if you have any suggestions for good subjects, leave a comment or write to me at john@tebeau.com. What would you like to see memorialized as art? What’s your favorite comfort food? Your most-loved childhood treat? The hometown food you miss most? If you moved away tomorrow, what local specialty would you long for? And, looking ahead, what other themes would you suggest?

Thanks to those of you who have contributed (among other things) Vernor’s Ginger Ale, Papaya King hot dogs, avocados, It’s It San Francisco ice cream sandwiches and the legendary Taylor Ham of New Jersey. What else ya got?

Thanks, too, to Michael Stern of RoadFood.com for his mention here.

Tomorrow’s painting: It’s good for you. Really.

Yesterday’s painting: “Every Part But the Squeal.”


"Every Part But the Squeal"



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6 responses to “30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day Five: “Tabasco (Large & Small)”

  1. Lester

    I love my hometown’s chili, Taylor’s Chili of Carlinville, Illinois. See the website:


  2. ETR

    I love this one, Tabasco is a favorite of mine too. Although there’s really not a hot sauce I don’t like. Louisiana Brand is up there too.

    I like the subtle touch of the background flames.

  3. Colleen

    Mmmm, Tabasco. And for that matter, Louisiana brand, Frank’s, Crystal, Sriracha, Cholula and Tios #4. Hot sauce makes me happy.

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