Friday, January 29, 2010

Cupcake #88 **sold**

This sunny yellow piece is sure to brighten someones day! A coconut cupcake surrounded by one of those colors that makes you a little happier just looking at it. This would be a great addition to a group, or for that matter a great piece to start a collection! Now while I have your attention, we have some announcements to make. Starting Monday we are going to start posting our daily cupcake a little later in the day, closer to noon EST to give the folks on the west coast a chance to wake up and have a coffee. That will even the playing field a little and give everyone a chance to get the cupcake of the day! And in case you haven't looked at your calendar lately, we only have 10 more cupcakes before Valentines day! And frankly, the last 5 will be a little iffy as far as getting them shipped in time. But we have other options, we will have gift certificates available for Valentine's, just email me for information. Or you could always take a peek in our zazzle store, the cupcake ties are fabulous! Just click here to see what we have!


Have a great day, and we'll see you Monday!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cupcake #87 **sold**

Raspberries and cream, even the words sound pretty. Raspberry is a hue or variation of red that leans towards the purple side of red, rather than the orange side. Although you'll never be able to walk into an art supply store and look for a tube of raspberry colored paint, it is there. It's just labeled a little more scientifically, like quinacridone magenta. I like to mix a little of that with a bit of cadmium red to get this juicy color, add a little white to lighten it and you're there! Enjoy this yummy cupcake! And we'll see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cupcake #86 **sold**

You just can't go wrong with double chocolate, especially when you finish it of with curls of chocolate bark! The green of the paper cup is echoed in the background which just seems to vibrate in anticipation. This one just doesn't require much in the way of words, it's a beauty! Cheers!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cupcake #85 **sold**

This one is a beauty! But really, how can you go wrong with chocolate, strawberry, and kiwi?! This little cupcake shows off it's full range of values, from the deep dark chocolate in the shadows, to the flicker of white light bouncing off the fruit. Value is important in a painting because the eye registers light and dark before it sees color. So a piece that has a good range of values is easy for the eye to "read" quickly. All of this surrounded by a warm fleshy pink, that is both a contrast to the pale green in the icing, and echoed in the highlight in the chocolate. Yum!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cupcake #84 **sold**

The little gingerbread man perched on this cupcake is certainly a snappy dresser! He is wearing analogous colors blue and green to match his pale turquoise background. A wintry themed cupcake that will look great all year. Enjoy, and come back often, I've peeked into the cupcake vault, and there are some beauties in there for this week!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Cupcake #83 **sold**

Wow, this is not a cupcake for those afraid of color! The orange and green really pop, even though they aren't true complementary colors, they are close enough to cause "vibration" between them. Red and green are the complements, but this green is bright and pure, and the orange is almost red, so like I said, not true opposites, but pretty darned close. Added to all this is a great coconut top with a beautifully painted bit of kiwi. This piece will be a knockout if you have a little dull spot or corner that needs some life! Have a great day!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cupcake # 82 **sold**

One of the interesting things for me in this blog is watching Scott's progression as an acrylic painter, he is just getting better and better. This piece is simply grand, from the shadows in the icing, to the modeling and negative painting techniques he uses in the pecans. All surrounded by a deep purple that makes the chocolate look a little warmer, and the icing a little creamier. One of my favorite color theory lessons of all time was when I learned that one way to change a color was to change the color around it. A really neutral or dull color can make another look brighter, and a cool color can make the others seem warmer. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cupcake #81 **sold**

What a beautiful little cupcake, Scott has captured the shine in the layer of chocolate perfectly. Topped with a couple of cherries and curls of dark chocolate, this is the cupcake that big girls dream about! Surrounded by a warm pink, this little piece would be sure to make someones day as a birthday or thank you gift!
On to another topic just for a moment, I have started another blog. This time featuring my work. It's brand spanking new, still tweaking a little here and there, but if you'd like to start watching it from day one, I guess this would be day one. You can find it at

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cupcake #80 **sold**

Oh, you just can't go wrong with raspberries and cream. All dressed up in a pink paper cup. The pale green background was chosen because if you find this raspberry pink on the color wheel you'll find it lands somewhere between red and purple. Then shoot directly across and you find a spot somewhere between yellow and green, and we all know colors that sit opposite on the color wheel are complementary colors. Add a little white to lighten and freshen it up and you end up with this pretty celery green. Yum! Have a great day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hi folks! Just wanted to let you know we've opened a zazzle store where you can find Scott's cupcakes printed on men's ties, postage and more! Take a look at* Just fun stuff, enjoy!

Cupcake #79 **sold**

Today we have a simple, quiet, unassuming vanilla cupcake, on a fire engine red background. I have always loved straight up, no foolin' red. In fact as a girl, I had grand plans to have a red and white kitchen, complete with gingham curtains, when I "grew up." Fortunately that never happened, the growing up part that is, but I do have one bright red wall in my kitchen! This piece will make an eye catching contribution to any collection, or will be a great accent in any room that already has a touch, or a lot of red! Cheers!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Cupcake #78 **sold**

Hmmm, pink and what would we call this, peach or salmon? You end up with one of the most complicated sounding phrases in the color theory world, "analogous discord." Analogous discord is what you get when you take two colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel (analogous colors) in this case red and orange, and add white to lighten the value of one or both so that they are either the same value. Or, as in this case, make the red lighter than the orange, this created the discord, because red is a deeper value than orange in it's untinted state. Or, you simple have a sweet pink cupcake on a simple peach background...however you want to look at it! Have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cupcake #77 **sold**

My eyes lit up when this one came down the studio stairs. The modeling of the little puff of whipped cream, the dusting of chocolate, it's just perfectly beautiful. I'm not so sure how lemon and chocolate would actually taste together, but it sure looks good! All surrounded by a simple clean blue background. If I were poking through a box of crayola crayons this would be closest to what they call cornflower blue. Clear crisp blue, leaning just a bit to the purple end of the spectrum. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cupcake #76 **sold**

This is a fun little cupcake, the dog 's head (I'm told it's a dachshund, but it looks a lot like our favorite mutt Freda Doglo) is made of colored sugar, surrounded by curls of pink chocolate. The cake itself is red velvet, a southern phenomenon. The background is a fresh celery green chosen to make the pinks and reds in the cupcake pop just a little more. Green being the complementary color to red, but if you've been reading this blog for any time you know that! Have a great day, and stay out of the doghouse!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cupcake #75 **sold**

Wow, here we are at cupcake #75! Time flies when you're having fun as they say. Today's cupcake is perfectly gorgeous, but really how can you go wrong with chocolate and a cherry on top? All surrounded by my favorite color, purple. Which sounds much more sophisticated if you call it eggplant, or better yet, the french, aubergine. Cheers!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cupcake #74 **sold**

A bright lemon cupcake resting on a blue background that is almost the color of the edge of a piece of glass. The yellow is topped with a bit of cream. A clean, simple piece that would be a lovely addition to your collection, or a lovely beginning of one! Have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cupcake #73 **sold**

OK, this is just to cute for words. I am practically wordless! Chocolate, a ladybug, and a yellow background that just sings about sunshine. I just love this one! Put it in your daughter's bedroom, the dining room, brighten up the kitchen, or even the office. The Office! This little painting could be an instant office stress reliever, it's certainly worth a try! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cupcake #72 **sold**

A kiss on top makes everything good! A sweet little chocolate cupcake with a mound of vanilla icing, finished with a stripey Hershey's kiss. Surrounded by a warm terracotta red, this is a warm, yummy little piece, you can almost smell the chocolate! Browns, including this terracotta color, are all "tertiary colors." We all know the primary colors, red, yellow, and blue. The secondary colors are made by mixing two of the primaries, like red and yellow making orange. Tertiary colors take it one step further, adding the third primary, in this case a touch of blue moves orange into the browns. The tertiaries can be beautiful rich complex colors, or mud, depending on how you use and mix them, experiment with them on your palette!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cupcake #71 **sold**

A pretty little slice of strawberry tops today's cupcake. Mounds of pink cream on chocolate, surrounded by a minty green background gives this piece a nice fresh look. Pink and pale green are complementary colors, as they sit across from each other in the color wheel in their original forms of red and green. Adding white to a color creates a tint, and adding black creates a shade, and you'll find plenty of both in this piece.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cupcake #70 **sold**

Strap on your party hat, it is time for the perfect birthday cupcake! Sometimes it's the simplest things that make our day. Vanilla on vanilla, but those sprinkles will always make me smile. This could be a super cool gift for a friend or a way to celebrate everyday like it's your birthday! In any case it's hard to look at this without the corners of your mouth turning up, just a little! Enjoy your day, I'm looking forward to what Scott will bring down the studio stairs for tomorrow!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cupcake #69 **sold**

Mmm, blackberries and chocolate, who would have thought? Purple is one of my favorite colors, especially when it is paired with it's neighbor on the color wheel, blue. Even the cup has a hint of color. Repeating a color in a composition makes the eye move around and makes a piece pleasing to look at. And of course the fact that it's a cupcake makes it pleasing also! Enjoy the first cupcake of 2010, there will be many more to come!