Strawberry Gelatin Dessert with Strawberries!

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                                                        8" x 8" Oil on Panel $250.00
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When I think about gelatin desserts, I am reminded of my favorite childhood book, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," by Judi and Ron Barrett. For those not familiar with the book, it is about the special town of Chewandswallow, where all the food rained down from the sky. I must have read this book a thousand times and each time I would eagerly await the page about the "wonderful Jell- O setting in the west." In the distance, you could see a golden Jello sun, stacked to the sky and reminiscent of vintage Jello mold desserts. 

It was this memory, along with my reflections of summer picnics and and family reunions, that inspired my newest painting entitled, "Strawberry Gelatin Dessert with Strawberries." The painting features this wiggly, wobbly dessert seated atop a white pedestal and crowned with whipped cream (of course!). The light source is positioned overhead to help to highlight the gelatin and illuminate it's translucent qualities. Visually, I am drawn to the glass like nature of gelatin and its intense range of colors. With regards to flavor, I love strawberry and peach the best. I had so much fun making this painting, that I plan to make a another in the near future featuring lime gelatin.

                   


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Strawberry Milkshake with Strawberries (Triptych Series 3/3)

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8" x 10" Oil on Panel $275.00

My newest painting "Strawberry Milkshake with Strawberries," is the last in a series of 3 paintings featuring milkshakes! The series was inspired by one of my favorite ice cream flavors, Neapolitan. The other paintings include chocolate and vanilla flavored milkshakes, positioned in front of a similar background pattern.

 
The inspiration for this triptych was from a pattern that I found on Zazzle.com. The original pattern came in a variety of color combinations that suited the theme of chocolate and vanilla perfectly. However, when it came to the strawberry milkshake, the colors were not quite right. So, using my artistic license, I invented my own color combination of pinks, reds and purples.


                     

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Chocolate Milkshake! (Triptych Series 2/3)

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                                                      8" x 10" Oil on Panel $275.00 
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My newest painting "Chocolate Milkshake," is the second in a series of 3 paintings featuring milkshakes! The series is inspired by one of my favorite ice cream flavors, Neapolitan. The other paintings include strawberry and vanilla flavored milkshakes, positioned in front of a similar background pattern.


I am a huge chocolate fan, so making this painting was an absolute delight! When choosing the colors for this painting, I felt that the bright oranges of the background complimented the deep browns of the chocolate very well. If you look back at the first painting in this series, "Vanilla Milkshake & Cookies," you will notice some similar items. In order to help tie the 3 paintings together, each will included a red striped straw, napkin, dessert spoon and classic ice cream soda glass.


                       


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Vanilla Milkshake & Cookies! (triptych series 1/3)

8"x 10" Oil on Panel $275.00

A few years ago, I was commission to paint a triptych inspired by the primary colors (red, yellow and blue). Each painting featured a different dessert that I felt complemented those colors. For blue, I painted a berry tart, seated atop a glass pedestal and crowned with a dollop of whipped cream. For yellow, I painted a mini pineapple upside down cake with a shiny sugar glaze and a ruby red maraschino cherry on top. I took certain liberties when it came to painting the "red" dessert. Instead of a red cupcake and background, I chose a pink color scheme reminiscent of the color the magenta. In the world of color mixing, magenta a light purplish red, is one of the subtractive primary colors used during the four-color printing process (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).


I had so much fun designing the triptych, that I have been waiting for the opportunity to make another. My newest painting "Vanilla Milkshake & Cookies," is the first in a series of 3 paintings featuring milkshakes! The series is inspired by one of my favorite ice cream flavors, Neapolitan. The other paintings, will include strawberry and chocolate flavored milkshakes, positioned in front of a similar background pattern.



                      

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Cappuccino with Cookies

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8" x 8" Oil on Panel $250.00
I love coffee! However, I don't rely on it to keep me awake during the week. Instead, I see coffee as a treat! Every weekend I treat myself to a cappuccino (or latte) and some sort of bakery item. What better way to celebrate this fun routine than as an oil painting?

I had never thought about making a primarily brown painting before. However, I was instantly drawn to the chocolate browns and creamy peach tones of the background pattern, that lent itself to a coffee theme. To compliment the cappuccino, I chose Italian butter cookies, which are casually placed on the saucer. I found that just a little pop of vibrant red, from the dried cherries, helped draw the eye and add more interest to the painting.


                    

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Mulled Apple Cider with Cinnamon


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                                                         8"x 10" Oil on Panel $275.00
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There are so many things that I love about Fall! I love the colors of the changing leaves, the crisp chill in the air, and of course the aroma of mulled apple cider as it wafts around my kitchen. Who would not want to settle in with a warm mug of spicy cider, especially one that is topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon?

The pattern I chose for the background consisted of warm earthy tones, which helped to set off the pale whipped cream and bright orange pumpkin. My original plan for this still life included a leaf in the bottom corner of the painting. Even though I feel like a leaf would have been right at home in this painting, I could not find one that I liked.


                    

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Mint Chocolate Chip Sundae with Apple Green Swallowtail


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 8"x 8" Oil on Panel $250.00
Just like peanut butter and jelly or banana and cream, mint and chocolate is a flavor combination that is meant to be together! Many people would agree that mint chocolate chip ice cream is among their favorite summer treats (me included). And although Fall is rapidly approaching, I decided to make this delicious dessert the main feature in one of my still life paintings.

The emerald patterned background is bold, bright and caught my attention immediately. The addition of the apple green swallowtail butterfly helps to relate the background to the foreground. I must admit, it took a little imagination to add an object that was not really present in my still life. To do this, I relied on a few reference photos of a yellow swallowtail butterfly that I took in my garden and some research I did about green colored butterflies. I also decided to go with a pale version of mint chocolate chip ice cream instead of the traditional green. I really wanted the ice cream to pop out from the background and felt that a white ice cream would accomplished this goal better. 


                   

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