Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Confounding Cupcakes!

I thought this would be fun. I had missed a couple of challenges for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks blog. I thought....o, yummy ...a subject near and dear to my heart, "this should be easy." HA!

I have never spend so much time on a challenge piece! Four separate painting sessions, correcting most of the time and trying to keep from scraping it all off and starting over.

I thought I'd be clever and flip the image so the shadow was on the opposite side and then line them up vertically because the majority of the submissions were horizontal. [also because my fav artists had already painted my previous ideas of close ups and other lay-outs]

I started out with a off white background on a burnt sienna toned canvas. Wasn't happy with it, gave it a yellow wash; REALLY hated it and then gave it a green wash and then finally a bright green layer.

The cupcakes didn't turn out the creamy way I wanted like some of the other challenge artists did. They remind me of the display food Japanese restaurants have in their front window for customers to look at that can look a little dusty after time. Learned a lot though...[patience for one]


24x8 oil on canvas

29 comments:

Dean H. said...

Love that vertical composition...ingenious!!! Well done work!

Edward Burton said...

Wonderful job, Sheila! I really like the vertical composition too.

Diane Morgan said...

Oh Sheila, I love this. I love the colors and I love how the frosting looks so thick and swirly like it was put on with a butter knife. You did a GREAT job!

Olga Wagner said...

Sheila - I love your choice of the format. and size!!! Cool color combination too... Great JOB>

Michelle said...

Always fun to try something new, right?! Love the color and vertical crop!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Sheila, You did a great job! The cupcakes look very yummy and aren't you the smart one to come up with a totally off the wall composition!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Love this vesion.Love the colors.
Looks so yummy! You sure had fun.
Good one Sheila.

Art with Liz said...

This is great Sheila! Love the way your imagination works - the vertical is just so different!

Teresa said...

Sheila your frosting looks SO creamy! I feel like I could reach in & touch it :O) Beautiful job!

adebanji said...

Love the Long Composition!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Fun interpretation Sheila, great color too!

E-Arab said...

well done..thanks for sharing!

Manon Doyle said...

They look pretty yummy to me girlfriend!! Great job with these!

Nina E J said...

Nice!! great colors

Lauren Maurer said...

Oooo I love it, Sheila! Vertical was the way to go and I love the green!

Angela Elledge said...

I love a marching cupcake parade and especially one that tosses sprinkles to all the bloggers!!! Beautiful composition and very well done. Take care.

Cathyann said...

Sheila..what a coup! this is fantastic...dusty? nah...I love the look of the chocoalte one best. Good enough to eat!
I agree with you...this was NOT easy.

Claire said...

I really like your comp on this. Painting these cupcakes was definitely a challenge, and you did a beautiful job!

sam said...

Very well done on your composition Sheila, I like your thinking)

Color Splashes said...

Love the colors! Your perseverance paid off!!

Karen Hargett said...

I think they turned out great - I love the comp - very nice.

Ruth said...

First Sheila, thanks for your comments on my "Colors for the Palate". It always is so encouraging to hear others' observations. Makes one get going on the next project.
And, although I only did one cupcake in my rendition, I agree, they sure were "dang confounding cupcakes".
Beg to differ w/you. Yours look fresh and ready for eating. Ummmmmm! You did make them look as such. Definitely have not been in store window collecting dust mites. Clever comp. Who would have thought of this idea but one stretching her mind to come up with something "different". These are bright, well-drawn & composed. Love it. Ruth

Carol Horzempa said...

I love your vertical composition and choice of color, Sheila. Your cupcakes look delicious!

Gwen Bell said...

No dust on these babies! Love the unique vertical view. Great icing and colors!

Lori Margulies said...

I love your long vertical format and background color! It feels almost like a landscape. Vibrant and exciting.

Diana Marshall said...

I agree they weren't easy to paint, when I first saw the ref. photo, I thought it would be a piece of cake! I struggled too, your rendition is original from all the others and you won the battle and ended up with a wonderful painting.

Vern Schwarz said...

Sheila, I was immediately drawn to your painting not only by the vertical composition..great idea by the way...but by the wonderful background and shadows. Great job.

BennyAlba said...

Cupcakes... such inventive placement! They're a delight. And the beautiful shadow of the bok choy came forward in my awareness when I looked again tonight at your most recent postings.

Your originality just SHINES... Your willingness to take risks, explore possibilities and successes are delicious.

As for your parenting, I've met your children and believe me YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! They are polite (always an accomplishment in teenagers), respectful and they actually seem to think that adults might have something of value to listen to. This trust is special and shows that you've done a lot right.

You're a star in my book. Bravo!

Jo Castillo said...

Sheila, this is a clever composition. Well done on the painting!!