Friday, August 12, 2011

Fancy Cupcake

Tonight's 20 minute sketch is of one of those fancy cupcakes that still seem to be so popular. Even though I think the "cupcake trend" is long over, bake shops don't give up so easily.
I would prefer to have a regular slice of cake. Slices have layers, with less frosting and more filling. Bakery frosting is always too sweet and heavy (except for a cupcake shop in NYC we tried once and then went out of our way on return visits to enjoy... so-so cake but the best cake frosting ever, probably made from 99% butter and 1% sugar). Since I enjoy baking and creating delicious cakes the way I prefer, I don't often sample bakery cakes. But they are fun to paint. Watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lazy Dogs

I admit I've drawn a similar picture to this before but really this is pretty much what the dogs do all day. What a rough life, right? Pen, 5" x 7".

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Yellow Summer Flower

Today was a rainy and somewhat dreary summer day, but this yellow flower painted in 20 minutes is full of cheer and hope that tomorrow will be sunny. Pen and watercolor, 5" x 7".

Sunday, August 7, 2011

With the candlestick...

I enjoy painting shapes and reflections in shiny or glass objects. From the work of other artists, I know they agree, shine and reflections are a fun challenge. The bottom of this small brass candlestick had some unique shapes to it. I am happy with the paint effects here in 20 minutes, some of it was intended and other spots a happy accident (quite often with watercolor). 5" x 7".