About a Cupcake

There isn’t that much to tell, really. I just saw this cupcake in the bakery, took it home, and then took it on a journey through various mediums.

First I sketched it:

A little worse for wear after I retraced it and taped it twice.

Then I created a linocut. Sidenote: this is my first linocut since I took printmaking in college so long ago. For anyone who doesn’t know, linocut is a printmaking technique related to woodcuts. Instead of wood, you carve into a sheet of linoleum.

Linocut is so much fun! Especially with such a delicious subject.
I had forgotten how much fun linocuts can be. Especially with such a delicious subject!

Instant gratification! At least with the help of a printmaker friend of mine who has all the equipment. You can check out her shop and her brilliant work here.

Cupcake, Linocut, 4 x 4 inches.
Cupcake, Linocut, 4 x 4 inches.

Of course, I do a lot of realism and lately I’ve been on a realism kick, painting doughnuts and so on. It’s nice to use a technique which forces me to think about line and the bigger picture. There is a rough-hewn, endearing quality to linocut I just love.

After loosening up with these techniques, I finally sat down to paint the cupcake, doing what I do best:

Cupcake with Pink Icing, Acrylic on Gessoed Panel, 6 x 6 inches
Cupcake with Pink Icing, Acrylic on Gessoed Panel, 6 x 6 inches

For something a little different, the ground is slightly abstract, featuring loose swipes of light pink, blue, and yellow.

Check it out here in my Etsy shop. When I get an edition printed of the linocut version, that will be up in my shop, too!

See more of my lovingly painted baked goods in my last blog post.

3 thoughts on “About a Cupcake

  1. Really enjoyed this post! What is it about cupcakes? Of course they are yummy, but they are so popular. Cupcakes are my favorite thing to create in the art world. I’ve made appliques out of them, mini quilts, and graphics. They are so fun to work with. More fun to eat though!

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