A Slice of Carrot Cake

8" x 8" oil on panel
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It is always exciting to get a painting commission! When I was asked recently to paint a picture of a slice of carrot cake, of course I said yes! 

Quick Process Overview

Step 1: I started by asking my patron a lot of questions to get a feel for what she was envisioning. For example, what is the dessert subject matter, main colors, mood of the painting, background pattern etc. For this piece, my patron chose a dreamy slice of carrot cake and was inspired by three different Autumn patterns.

Step 2: After getting a sense of what my patron was looking for, I mocked up a three still life arrangements and placed each option in front of the three possible patterns.  

                        Option A:

                        Option B: 

                        Option C: 

My patron ended up choosing Option B. However, it was decided that the cake would be oriented in the opposite direction. Below is a comparison of the still life set up and the final painting. As with every painting I make, I took artistic license and changed some elements around. What differences can you see?


 
                     

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Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


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8"x8" oil on panel 

The mini pineapple upside down cake has been an inspiration for many years. In fact, my dessert painting obsession began with this delightful little cake!

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 My First Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I have wanted to make this particular painting for many years now. It all started when I ran across this beautiful fabric pattern in a Joanne Fabric store. Right away I envisioned a mini pineapple upside down cake atop a glass pedestal. I had to do a little baking for this still life, but mini pineapple upside down cakes are surprisingly easy to make and of course yummy to eat!

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Vanilla Cupcake in Red

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8" x 8" oil on panel
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Autumn is one of my favorite seasons and it is just around the corner! I have noticed that bakeries have been getting into the spirit of the season too through the use of special spices and vibrant colors. It is no wonder, that when I spotted this vanilla cupcake, with vibrant reds and golden cake, I knew I had to paint it! 

 When it came to choosing a background pattern, I was reminded of a painting that I had made last year around this time entitled, Gothic Cherry Cheesecake. I had so much fun using a black patterned background, that I was excited to do it again.

  
Gothic Cherry Cheesecake

As always, I like to do a little tweaking. You may notice in my reference photo (see below) the pattern is a lot smaller than the one seen in my painting. I felt that the small version distracted the eye too much, so I enlarged it. 
 
Reference photo  


                    
 

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Lime Gelatin Dessert

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8"x 8" oil on panel

There is something so magical about gelatin desserts and the way it resembles the translucency of glass. The colors are so rich and vibrant, making gelatin one of my favorite desserts to paint. 

Check out another gelatin dessert painting I made using the link below.


You may notice in my most recent painting of lime gelatin, that there is no cherry stem in the final painting compared to my reference photo. I tried adding the stem a few times, but it never quite worked. I took some creative license here and painted it out.  



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Chocolate Easter Bunny with Basket

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Plum Pudding


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I remember when I was a little girl, I would always watch A Christmas Carol movie to get into the spirit of the season. My favorite scene was when Mrs. Cratchit brought out the plum pudding.

 "Mrs Cratchit left the room alone – too nervous to bear witnesses – to take the pudding up and bring it in... Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper which smells like a washing-day. That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook's next door to each other, with a laundress's next door to that. That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered – flushed, but smiling proudly – with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quarter of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top." Charles Dickens

Plum pudding, AKA Christmas pudding or Pud, is traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Although it contains no actual plums, it is traditionally composed of thirteen ingredients, including dried fruits held together by egg and suet (yuck!) and an array of spices. The pudding is usually aged for a month or even a year and is prevented from spoiling due to the high alcohol content.

Last Christmas, I was inspired to explore my fascination. I finally finished my painting, that has been sitting on my easel since December 2018, just in time for Spring. The last few months have been a time of great transition for me. Now that my life is settling into a routine, I am hoping to post my dessert paintings more often.



                

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Gothic Cherry Cheesecake!

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                                                        8" x 8" Oil on Panel $250.00
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In honor of the Halloween season, I decided to make a Gothic inspired painting featuring cherry cheesecake! The center of the painting is dominated by an ornate stand, adorned with black crystals. The main color of the painting is black, which is enhanced with touches of vibrant red. 

There were many behind the scenes edits made to bring this image to life. Firstly, the original pattern colors were inverted to tone down the black.


                                         Original Pattern                      Inverted Pattern

Secondly, if you watch my YouTube video (linked below) you can see the painting evolve from beginning to end. You will also notice some drastic changes to the composition midway through my painting. Not only did I subtract some of the original elements, the stand was shortened to fit the square format. I believe the role of the artist is not to replicate what they see in nature, but rather to use life as a guide.  

                                                               Original Composition

Fun fact, even though black is one of the main colors in this painting, no pure black out of a tube was used. Years ago I removed ivory black from my color palette and instead, I create by own black by mixing French ultramarine and burnt Sienna. I find that it creates a richer more dynamic black than pure black out of a tube.


                       

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