Friday, July 13, 2012

Coconut Creme Pie

Serving up Coconut Creme Pie, Strawberry Strudel and Chocolate Mousse Cake on the easel

A carefree day at last. I got off to a good start for the weekend. I started panel two of the trip-tyke I had started last year. These are such fun. No heavy thinking, no serious measuring of points, just color and and imagining the texture of chocolate and whipped cream and toasted coconut and wondering how am I going to pull this off? The answer was "It's Pie. Enjoy"

This is the panel that I finished first. I call it Chocolate Mice. Ellis hates it. "They're disgusting he said."
I adore it, because the idea is disgusting and that's why I took the photograph and what makes the painting fun. --And the mice themselves were delicious. They're filled with chocolate creme. There's nothing disgusting about chocolate creme. He's so straight.


The trip-tyke is going to be great. Here's my reference photograph:

I took this photograph at a Greek Bakery,  in Greek Town, in downtown Detroit
The trays weren't displayed as I have them here. This is a composite of
three photographs put together   as I see the trip-tyke hung.
Coconut Creme Pie is the lower shelf thus the change in perspective. The
top shelf looks a bit boring, but I prepped the canvas for that one, so I'm ready when I'm ready.
I'll pump it up.

17 comments:

  1. Linda! I laughed out loud when I saw your chocolate mice. I thought you were punning about chocolate mousse, but no - they really are mice. They are so damn cute!!! I love the little faces you added. That is going to be one fantastic and very unique triptych.
    PS - I think most men are a bit stodgy when it comes to food. :)

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    1. The mice really looked like that. They had little faces and little round bellies. Ellis bought ice cream; I bought a mousse mouse. He wouldn't walk with me. I snapped off his little head first. I have a bit of the macabre in me. But now the sweet little rodent is immortalized. :-))

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  2. I had a big grin on my face when I saw those mice! Fun!
    I really like what you are doing with these pastries and the impact of all of them together will be outstanding. I cant wait to see them all together

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    1. Me neither. I was put off my Ellis' total disgust of the subject--and being suddenly drafted into portraiture by that commission. But I can see the three of them hung--where I have no idea, but Wayne Tiebaud didn't worry about such things. Why should I? They make for a nice relief from the demanding genre and new medium I decided to explore this year.

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  3. This painting is strong in color composition and originality of the subject!
    Using acrylics in this way ... what else?!
    They jump off the screen and my eyes are happy with the color of the flavor and rhythm! Transmits joy, like when you painted it!
    Linda,chocolate mice are awesome!I like it!

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    1. Thanks Rita. This subject would be too weak in watercolor. Acrylic is the medium that can give the highest colors. I am of the opinion that different subject demand different mediums and different stylist approaches. That philosophy is not a popular one. It seems to be a "serious artist" one must have a subject and medium preference. Hogwash. Why box yourself up? There's going to turn out to be a dominant body of work in the end.

      The chocolate mice gave me the hardest time pinning them down. My persistence and stubbornness won out.

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  4. What a sweet subject! :) I like them!

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    1. You could say that. And they make for a delightful time in the studio.

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  5. Oh you reminded me home... chocolate mice are my favorite. Your paintings are absolutely delicious!! And the mice are so ... sweet :-)
    Warm regards.

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    1. Thank you Konstantina. A hug back from Michigan.

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  6. I love Wayne Thiebaud's pies and pastries , have done a few myself and yours are better, fun and tasty looking.

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    1. And fattening. Better to paint them than eat them my dear. Thanks Roger.

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  7. Linda- I love your multi talents! I always enjoy these colorful, graphic- yet abstracted paintings you so. Beautiful! The chocolate mice sound delicious!!! Yum!

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  8. LW--this sweet series will be fun to watch unfold...I like dessert!

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  9. Headed for the wall of some local patisserie I've no doubt. Vibrant colour and fun subject material.

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    1. Do you think so Mick? Do you think the subject limits where a painting can be hung? Possible buyers? I would hang any one of Wayne Thiebaud's subject matters in my living room. He painted pasties, delicatessen counters, highways from a birdseye view. When we start thinking that our paintings are limited to certain rooms in the house or certain buyers, I think we take a bit of the art out of them. But you might be right. We do tend to catagorize paintings dining room, living room, bedroom, bakery etc. I don't think we should. The museum doesn't. Now here's a discussion I could get into.

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  10. these will make a great series linda ..."cad yellow"light looking good too above .

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