Rainy Day Martini

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8" x 8" oil on panel

This is my second attempt at painting a fancy cocktail. My first cocktail inspired painting in this series was the Mexican Margarita. So far I really enjoy tackling this subject matter along with my desserts!

When I first saw this background pattern, the shapes reminded me of cocktail umbrellas. Naturally, I was inspired to make another cocktail painting and the martini seemed like the perfect drink. I got a little hung up by the cocktail umbrellas, but the painting is finally finished! I did make some changes to the background pattern as you can see the differences in the original pattern below.

Original Pattern
 
                     


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Mexican Margarita


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 In addition to desserts, I have decided to branch out into fancy cocktails. My first attempt is my newest painting, entitled Mexican Margarita. Even though my beverage of choice is a Shirley Temple, I can really appreciate the beauty of these alcoholic drinks. 

When I first saw this playful cactus pattern in the store, I fell in love. When I see a pattern that interests me, I buy it even if I am unsure at the time how I want to use it. When I decided to start painting cocktails, this pattern came to mind. 

Originally, I  wanted to include a mini cactus in the design. I never got that element right, so I left it out of my final still life set up. I am hoping to make another version of this painting at some point. In the second version, I plan to use the chili pepper string lights as the main light source and finally incorporate that mini cactus.  


               


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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Milk

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One of my favorite anytime snacks has to be chocolate chip cookies and (in my case) almond milk! I was thrilled when I came across this cow patterned fabric and was excited to pay tribute to this classic dessert. In uncertain times, a little comfort can go a long way. 


                   

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Holiday Hot Chocolate


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Some people might call me a hot chocolate snob! It is definitely my sugary drink of choice, especially around the holidays. I enjoy hot chocolate so much, that every time I visit a new place I seek it out. By far, my favorite hot chocolate place is L.A. Burdick Chocolates in Boston MA. Always a must stop, when I am in the area!

My newest painting is long long over due and has been sitting on my easel since the beginning of winter. Although the winter cold is giving way to Spring, I knew that I had to buckle down finish it. The painting features a steaming glass of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream! I merged two different fabric patterns to get the background I wanted and....voilĂ !

                                              Pattern One                                 Pattern two


                     


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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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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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