Saturday, January 29, 2011

Raspberry Waltz Cupcakes

 "Raspberry Waltz #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot

 "Raspberry Waltz #2" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot

"Raspberry Waltz #3" -- oil on canvas 6x6" -- Margie Guyot

The snow was still blowing on Thursday morning, but it wasn't too bad, so I made the 45 minute drive down to Traverse City, to Simplycupcakes.  They're a gourmet cupcake bakery on Front Street.  Their cupcakes are nothing like those horrible, day-glo cupcakes from the grocery store!  Len Mayhew, the owner, is generously providing me with cupcakes to paint.  Some will be for sale in the bakery; others are going to galleries.  A bunch will be in a big show at Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey this fall, in their "Let Them Eat Cake!" show.

This cupcake is described on the Simplycupcake's website as:

Raspberry Waltz : An almond flavored sour cream cake topped with a raspberry sauce and white buttercream with toasted almonds and a fresh raspberry.

I'm trying to paint each cupcake at least 3 times.  Rather than make carbon copy views, I like to vary them, moving the cupcake around a bit, maybe zeroing in on it from above.  As if you're about to take a bite.  I am trying to keep the background and shadow pattern consistent, though. 

So far, I'm enjoying painting these little things.  It's a nice break from the big still lifes for the time-being. 

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