Chocolate and raspberry, what a great combination! I love how Scott painted the swirls in the icing, highlighting each edge. The pink background has been neutralised a little bit, softening it. A perfect piece for the sweetie in your life! There will be no cupcake tomorrow morning in celebration of New Years Day, but we'll see you bright and early Monday morning with cupcake #69. Happy 2010 everyone!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Check out the triple peaks on this lemon meringue beauty! Lemon surrounded by lime. I can just see this piece in a very formal space, beautifully decorated in deep chocolate browns with an accent of spring green, then you see this painting, sitting on an end table, or hanging in a little spot on the wall, what a great shot of fun! That will give the bridge club something to talk about! Enjoy
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I just love this snowy little winter cupcake! White is an interesting color because it can reflect so much color around it, yet be so neutral. Piled high with icing, it is a very complex pattern, perfect for a New Years party, or winter wedding! A great gift idea, as it stands alone beautifully, or would be a perfect neutral piece to "rest the eyes" between cupcakes if you have, or plan on collecting, a bunch! Enjoy, and come back tomorrow, we have some beauties lined up for the rest of the week!
Monday, December 28, 2009
This rich chocolate cupcake is sitting pretty in a purple cup, covered in bits of candy. Cinnamon candy I think, we'll have to test that later! The candy, cup and background are all analogous colors, as red, purple and blue sit next to each other on the color wheel. Although a cool ultramarine blue would sit closer than this almost turquoise. Enough of that for our first day back! Hope you all had a great holiday, and we'll see you with #66 bright and early tomorrow!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Okay, Okay Uncle we cried! This is the last cupcake before Christmas! We both have a daunting list of commissions and other things to do before the big day, so the Daily Cupcake is going to take a week off. We will be back, full of sprinkles, and cherries, and whatever else we can dream up on Monday Dec. 28th. The emergency cupcake hot line, however will still be open. If you were planning on giving a sweet cupcake painting, and just couldn't nab one in time, email me, we'll squeeze one in. In the meantime we leave you with a winner, berries and cream, on a bold red background. And don't forget, there are still a few available waaaay back in the archives, check out number 6, 41, and 59. See you on the 28th!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Everything tastes better with a cherry on top! And a little cherry drizzle can't hurt either. This little cupcake is piled high, then surrounded by pistachio green. Do you have the perfect spot for this painting? It will brighten up the dullest laundry room, or that spot at the top of the stairs. Maybe even a last minute Christmas gift? Without having to go to the mall! Enjoy your day!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Oh how festive! My favorite thing about this painting is how Scott painted those little gold balls. I'm sure they have a proper name in the cake decorating world, as a child I thought they were pure magic! The background was painted a toned down gold color to make the bright gold spots really pop. That goes back to the color theory question about how to change a color, with "change the color around it," being the final answer. If the background was painted a bright yellow, the significance of the gold balls would be diminished as they would blend into the background. Go on, add a little sparkle to your walls!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Scott insists this is a winter themed cupcake because it has cranberries and a dusting of powdered sugar "snow" on top. Personally I think the sunny yellow background would melt any snow in a heartbeat! Piled with fruit and cream, it's the primary colors that make this little number sing, and it's sure to brighten someones day!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wow! Cupcake #60, and we're still going strong! This is a rather formal looking piece, a very neutral background surrounding a deep chocolate cupcake with a creamy swirl of icing. A touch of coral red sugar, it is then finished with a curl of white and dark chocolate. This would make a good companion piece to one with red or coral being the dominant color. Or it would be super in a group to keep the brighter pieces from fighting with each other. One of those strong, silent types! Enjoy!
Friday, December 11, 2009
With a nod to the holiday season, may we present a cranberry cupcake. With pink icing and little curls of grated white chocolate, I can tell you first hand how yummy this was! But there is something different about this piece, it seems to be floating in mid air!? No shadow to rest on, and the blue seems to get a little lighter at the bottom, did we forget something? Actually we've decided to do a "series within a series" if you will. This is the first "Floater." They'll all be floating on various sky colored backgrounds, from wintry grey, to sunrise peach. We'll do a new one from time to time, you may want to add a few of these to your collection, or you may want to start a new collection around these. I don't know about you, but these make me smile!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A sweet chocolate cupcake, a mound of mocha icing, and a bright red rose, all sitting on a sunny yellow background. What can I say, it's just a happy thing! Ready to brighten up a kitchen, or sweeten up that dull spot in the hall. It's sure to warm up a wintry day!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Now this is a stunning cupcake! We were at The Atlanta Cupcake Factory last week (shameless plug) when I saw this cupcake. "Oooh, do this one!" Scott said he didn't think he could, how do you paint red sugary glitter? But we bought it anyway, and a few days later he comes down the studio stairs with this. Wow, it's like Dorothy's ruby red slippers, and red candy apples rolled into one! All on an eggplant colored background, who would have thought a cupcake could be so dramatic? Cheers to the drama queens in our lives!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This pretty little lemon lime cupcake sits on a pink polka dot background. It reminds me of a frozen margarita, in both color and shape. Sounds like a good recipe idea to me! This is almost a complementary discord, to get it right, the pink background would have to be as light as, or lighter than the green. The pink and green are already complementary colors. But in any case, it's sure to make someone smile...and you can tell them it's a margarita cupcake if you want!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Oooh...the weather outside is frightful....da dee da da dada. Here we have it folks, the first holiday themed cupcake! There will be a few, popularity will be the deciding factor. Some will be subtle, like this one, so you can stand to keep it up all year. Others may be a little more seasonal, to be pulled out each year with the stockings or whatnot. Really, if it's your cupcake, you'll do whatever you want, right!? Ruby red and forest green, raspberries and chocolate chips, it's just a pretty thing! Cheers!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wow, this is the first cupcake we've posted that is so, well, orange! Unashamedly orange, the color of those little tins of mandarin oranges. Actually, I think it is really quite pretty, and orange is the complementary color to blue, right color theory fans? This would look fabulous in a neutral setting, or on olive green, or if you have a kitchen like ours, simply full of color! This is one of those paintings that I will miss when it goes!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This little beauty came down the studio stairs, and all I could think was, mmm chocolate raspberry truffle! There is something perfectly magical about the flavor combination of chocolate and raspberry! This cupcake is surrounded by a deep coral color, showing off the raspberry prize! We are off to the big city today in search of new models, cupcake models that is! Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
There is simply nothing shy about this little painting. The swirl of purple icing is surrounded by it's complementary color, which really makes this piece pop! Sometimes in order to figure out what the opposite color on the color wheel would be, you need to map it out. Start by drawing a small circle, place yellow at the top, purple at the bottom, and fill in the other colors along the edge. Clockwise this would read yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, and back to yellow again. Then you can find this purple would actually fall somewhere between purple and red, then shoot across the wheel to find it's complement...which winds up between yellow and green. Enjoy this cupcake, alone or in a group, it just sings!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We have so many cupcakes that would look great in a little girl's room, but this one is surely on track for the little boy in your life! If you are trying to match it up with another, you have plenty of color choices to run with in the sprinkles on top. Enjoy!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Such a grown up cupcake, subtle, yet not simple. The colors are marvelous, chartreuse and taupe. One of the color theory lessons that I remember clearly from school was the question, "can you name 5 ways to change a color?" The answers were to add white (a tint) add black (a shade) add it's complement (to neutralize) add an analogous color which shifts the color entirely. But the tricky answer was "change the color around it." This is a great example of how the surrounding color affects the green, a deep neutral was chosen which allows the green to sing!
And for those who are really paying attention, there will be a perfect match to this one coming up in a couple of days! You'd think there would be a little more fanfare and horn blowing for the 50th cupcake! But this is the first of many milestones, so keep on checking in, and tell a friend!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Mmmm, a blueberry cupcake with a cherry on top, what could be better! Scott used a primary triad on this piece, being variations on red yellow and blue, which makes for a well balanced composition. Almost as well balanced as that cherry! And with Thanksgiving burnout setting in, that's about the most clever description I can come up with! Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Oh, such a pretty thing! We all have our favorite cupcakes and this is definitely one of my favorites. Raspberries and cream, on a pretty pink background. What a great gift for a girlfriend, or a baby shower, (anyone can buy another pack of onesies!) Start someones art collection, or freshen it up a bit, they'll love you for it!
The Daily Cupcake will be taking Thanksgiving off, we've got a turkey to cook, but we'll see you bright and early Friday morning with number 49!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A cheerful little painting, beautiful plump blackberries nestled on a mound of butterscotch icing. Surrounded by a deep coral background, this piece just sings! What a nice reminder of late summer to keep your heart warm!
Monday, November 23, 2009
This piece reminds me of a cross between Dr. Seuss, and the B-52's, and that makes for one crazy cupcake! And I get to use the phrase "analogous discord" again, which is when you lighten the value of the red to the same or lighter value as it's analogous color, orange, this creates the "discord." All in all this is just a really fun piece, it would add just a touch of crazy to a collection, or add a giggle to a little girl's room. Have a great day!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here's one for all you whipped cream fans (can I hear Herb Alpert in the background? Boy does that date me or what?) Mounds of puffy cream, lavender background, and all the pretty color variations in the cup, not to mention the cream itself. Notice the complimentary colors, yellow and purple reflecting on the white. This is one of Scott's favorites, we'll see you next week!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Mmm, a lemon meringue cupcake, what a great idea! Surrounded by an antique robin's egg blue, this sunny little treat just shines, and would brighten up any room. Remember these are painted on a gallery wrapped canvas, and therefore stand up on their own, hanging is not required. They could sit on a windowsill, or end table, even in the china cabinet! This one is sure to make you smile, enjoy!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A simple little vanilla cupcake with a farmers market worth of fruit! Blackberries, blueberries and a couple strawberries are this sweetie's crowning glory. All on a cotton candy pink background. You'll know if you have the perfect spot for this, or it may be perfect to give to someone else, if you can stand it!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This cupcake totally amazes me. Somehow Scott has taken a subject that admittedly can be kind of feminine, did it up in blueberry and olive green, and now it looks so conservative it reminds me of business casual and button down collars. How did he do that? Really, that's pretty cool! The frosting has a touch of navy blue with three plump berries perched on top. The background is a great example of a neutralized color, olive green is made by mixing a bright green with a little of its complementary or opposite color on the color wheel. That would be red, so if you are a painter give that a try some time, and see the whole world of forest and mossy greens you can make when you add a touch of red!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This little chocolate cupcake seems to be in a world of it's own, or orbit anyway! The creamy puff of icing is sprinkled with little chocolate minty bits. The background is a neutral almost peach color with an orbit of golden yellow. An interesting combination of transparent and opaque paint. Enjoy!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Although I'm sure this is a chocolate cupcake with a key lime topping, it smacks of rainbow sherbet, ( sorbet?) The colors are fresh and clean, and the "cherry on top" is doing whatever is necessary to stay in the picture! A cheerful piece, with retro inspired colors, it reminds me of ice cream parlours and summer vacations! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hmmm, a little bit of crushed peppermint, a crazy pile of just barely pink minty icing. All on a warm burgundy background. Hate to tell you this folks, but this little cupcake, sweet 39, is here to let you know there are only 30 more cupcakes before Christmas! You can run, but you can't hide! Seriously though, do you know a fan of the daily cupcake who would be thrilled to find one of these little beauties under their tree? Perfect for the chef in your life, the cookie lady at church, a great place to start a young persons art collection. And from now, through Christmas, we will gift wrap, write a message on a gift tag, and send it to the giftie receiver of your choice for an additional $5. All you have to do is ask! And remember, it's not nice to shoot the messenger!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A bit of color to brighten up a room. No need to confine this piece to the kitchen or dining room, although you could, but it would be so fun in a child's room! Mountains of candy, on pale green icing. With a chunky raspberry background, you just know it will make somebody giggle! Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A chocolate cupcake with a pecan on top, surrounded by a caramel background. So warm and sweet. So we all know red yellow and blue are primary colors, and that orange, green, and purple are secondary, so what is brown? Brown, olive, taupe, brick, are all examples of tertiary colors. Tertiary colors have all three primary colors in them. Brown is often made by first mixing orange by combining red and yellow, then adding touches of blue. Which is also the opposite of orange on the color wheel. This is also referred to as 'neutralizing' a color. But back in the real world, this just sings, warm, sticky, yummy, chocolate cupcake! Mmmmmm!
Monday, November 9, 2009
This is such a happy painting! A chocolate cupcake, not one of those fancy store bought ones, but one just like Mom, (or Mama, if you're from down here) used to make! Surrounded by a sunny yellow polka dottie background! Who didn't have a yellow kitchen at one time? How can you resist something that makes you smile so? Enough questions, have a bright, bright sunshiny day!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Such a pretty thing! A coconut cupcake on robin's egg blue, this reminds me of all things shabby chic, and of course a blushing bride! Could you imagine trying to paint a white cupcake with white coconut? You'd never see anything but white unless you enhanced the blues in the shadows, and the warm yellows where the light is reflecting...so much color in this 'simple' piece! This brings us to the end of 7 weeks on the daily cupcake! We'll see you Monday morning!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
A plump little raspberry for all you fruit fans out there! Piles of pink icing, drizzles of chocolate, surrounded by a neutral taupe background. This would be a perfect fit for a fancy little powder room, or as the more neutral option in a colorful grouping. Color theory fans know that neutral colors give the eye a rest between brighter colors, and keep them from fighting for attention. Enjoy, and tell a friend!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Scott came down the studio stairs last night exclaiming "oooh this is going to be a hit!" And I think he may be right! Beautiful pastel colors, these are achieved by adding white to the main body of color, lightening the 'value' of the color. Value refers to the lightness or darkness in color theory. Add all the technical stuff to the southern Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting or icing depending where you come from, and I think Scott's correct. It's gonna be a hit!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A pretty little piece celebrating the colors of autumn. Here Scott is using a palette of analogous colors, orange, yellow and green. They are considered analogous as they sit next to each other on the color wheel, with yellow being the common color as there is yellow in both orange and green. But all that aside, it is a modern, grown up looking little cupcake that will just sing either by itself, or in a group! Enjoy!
Monday, November 2, 2009
I always have a soft spot for the chocolate ones! Several soft spots actually... The little wedge of dark and white chocolate nestled in the icing launches a simple cupcake instantly into art. I can't put my finger on it but this piece reminds me of '80's fashion...something Joan Collin's would have worn on Dynasty! Go figure? Anyway, my scanner has a problem interpreting this pink, in real life it's a little lighter, and warmer, perfectly yummy. Don't hesitate, I think this one will go quickly!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Happy Halloween! I love it when something so simple just tickles my funny bone, and this makes me giggle every time I look at it. Of course, hearing Scott in the background singing danananananana-BATcake!! in the background helps the funny factor. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you bright and early Monday morning. Oh, and "boo! y'all!"
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This cupcake, in addition to being perfectly gorgeous, is a great example for a little color theory lesson. We are all familiar with the primary color triad, being red, yellow, and blue. But this piece uses a secondary color triad, being green, orange, and purple. All of these colors are made by mixing two of the primaries together, and sit at equal distances from each other on the color wheel. That's what gives this piece such a nice sense of balance. Well that, and the fact that none of the blackberries are rolling off the top! A sweet addition to any collection!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Apparently we just can't resist a good seasonal cupcake, and this one covers either Halloween, or Thanksgiving! Warm fall colors, a little shredded coconut, and a marzipan pumpkin, perfect for this time of year. And for a variety of reasons which I won't go into here, this reminds me of my Dad, and this is his Birthday. Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Mmmm, chocolate! With the pale turquoise giving it a bit of retro flair. Speaking of retro, do you remember how homemade icing would get a bit of a hard crust when left out for a while? It was so good to bite into! With all these blues this would be a good choice for the baby's room, or any spot where a shot of turquoise would brighten things up! Have a great day!
Monday, October 26, 2009
This may just be the perfect cupcake! Raspberries, cream, and chocolate, all on a raspberry pink background. I love the way it's painted, top to bottom. A great addition if your collection is already in the works, or a dynamite one to start out with...cheers!
Friday, October 23, 2009
A new blueberry cupcake! My favorite thing about this piece isn't the way it's decorated, but how you can see the purple stain from the blueberries coming through the paper cup. Although the whipped cream icing is very pretty! This brings us to the close of 5 weeks on the daily cupcake, and over two dozen paintings. But we will be back bright and early next week with more, see you then!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here's the promised cupcake featuring more warm fall colors, and candy corn! Scott says he may try to fit in one more Halloween influenced piece before the big day next week. If you are wondering how you'd like a seasonal painting up all year, there are alternatives. If you just have one cupcake hanging in your kitchen, this could be the one you hang in the autumn, replacing another. Or if you have a group of cupcakes, this one is a good strong piece that tells the story of when it was added to the collection. And will later enjoy the company of a Christmas, or Valentine inspired piece. Who knows, you may just love candy corn!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Oh, what a great Birthday gift! Perfect for that "have no idea what to get them" person in your life. I think even the grumpiest birthday boy or girl would have to crack a smile when they see this! And, it has no calories...or saturated fat for that matter! This one really does speak for itself, enjoy!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you have a more traditional kitchen, or simply more traditional tastes, this may be the piece for you. A carrot cake cupcake, complete with marzipan carrot on top. I have always had a fascination with marzipan fruit. I can remember peeking at trays of the magical little creations with my Grandma at the Dutch Bakery in Victoria, wondering how they made them! But, back on topic, the creamy beige's, and warm orange's make this the perfect addition to your fall decor. And although I don't want to give away any secrets, autumn colors will make an appearance again later in the week! Cheers!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Good morning everyone! This little number is fresh from a good weekend's painting in the studio. I don't know about you, but I can practically feel the coconut tickling my upper lip! For you color theory buffs out there, this is a good example of complementary discord. Complementary because red and green are opposites on the color wheel, and discord because the value of the red (it's lightness or darkness) is lightened to a similar value as the green. Probably more than you wanted to know this early on a Monday! Enjoy, and keep in touch, because I've seen some beauties coming down the stairs!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wow, here we are with cupcake #20, that brings us to the end of four weeks on the daily cupcake! But have no fear, we have grand aspirations with this project, which we will reveal as time goes by! In the meantime #20 is a juicy little reminder of summer, now that we've had to turn the furnace on even in Georgia! Warm corals with that delicious deep purple. And you know the cupcake must have been warm to make the icing run off like that!
If you like this blog, share it with your friends! In the meantime we'll see you bright and early on Monday with cupcake #21!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I absolutely love this girly little cupcake. And when Scott came down the studio stairs with it, a whole flurry of ideas marched into my head. Wouldn't this be a neat gift for a bride, or her bridesmaids? Especially for those who use cupcakes as the wedding cake, Scott could whip up a batch of little paintings that look just like the real thing. In the meantime, this little number would love to live in a little girl's room, who knows, it may spread a little sweetness!