Sunday, January 11, 2009

Curly Qs - 12 x 12 inches - Oil on canvas

I'd been thinking about painting a Hostess cupcake for a long time and couldn't figure out a pleasing composition. (My first few attempts ended up as nothing more than a nostalgic snack). I wanted to show both the curly-q's on top as well as the creme filling inside. I finally came up with this top-down view with one big bite out of the side.

Considering the whimsical nature of my subject, I selected a bright green glass plate over a blue and white dishtowel. I wanted the cupcake surrounded by bright colors. A few wrinkles in the dishcloth add another bit of interest. My favorite part of this painting is the way the blue stripes are darkened and distorted under the glass plate.

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