Friday, October 28, 2011

Cupcake Heaven

One of the places I get inspiration to play around with my art is from cook books.  I don't usually do so well drawing the platters of food, because much like my cooking, they turn out a hot mess.  (Not really, I love to cook!!) Cookbooks are often filled with beautiful photos of produce and places, especially if they're books abut a particular cuisine like Italian or Thai.  To be honest, one of my goals in life is to publish a cookbook where instead of photo's, it's filled with watercolor paintings of the food and produce.  (I'm sure there is an abundance of illustrated cookbooks out there already.)

So, my daughter has her 6th birthday coming up next month and we've been pouring through cake books for ideas.  She's got a thing for cupcakes this year, which is fine by me.  I love these little luscious bite sized cakes that are piled high with colorful, yummy toppings.  So, naturally, as part the fun we decided to draw some of them. It took her five minutes to decide that instead of drawing any from the book, she was going to create her own, and of course, this lead from markers to paint to glitter and beyond.  I'm still trying to clean up the glitter from all the nooks and crannies of the kitchen floor and benches, but her pictures are wild. 

This little page was inspired by a gorgeous cookbook my sister gave me last Christmas called "Cupcake Heaven". It's by Susannah Blake, with stunning photo's by Martin Brigdale.  It's jammed packed full of delicious and beautiful cupcake ideas, but is a bit light on the kids stuff.  I hate to say it, but it's going to be hard to beat the vibrancy and ease of buying them pre made from the supermarket...(~grimace~).  Still, it's a month before her birthday and I hold to the grandest of intentions, but unfortunately a Domestic Goddess I'm not.

So, this exercise was the perfect vehicle for my continued exploration into watercolor pencils.  I've had a rather strained relationship with WC Pencils over the years, and I've finally discovered that they are one of the best mediums for a sketchbook or journal. Once I discovered how to master these beasts, I've been going crazy with them. I'm astounded at how well they behave, and discovering Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils has helped.  The inky, saturated color that comes from them is just beautiful, and yes, you can expect to see more of my watercolor pencil pages in the future.

Thanks for checking in. xx