Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Cloudy with a Chance of Cupcakes"



...just to quote a great children's book title and a movie that did well on its opening weekend, as I understand. Anyone seen it yet?

It may be too soon to show the world how I have conceived this large painting to reinterpret the cupcake block print I just finished. But I have had fun pursuing this idea, so here it is, ready or not.

This is a 24 x 28 canvas with a painting on it that I had never been entirely happy with--ripe conditions for refurbishment, in my book! The long, narrow format also suited my purposes very well for another onslaught of the sweet treats in my original design.

I began by measuring out 8 inch squares Next, I sketched my ideas of this and that of cupcake-dom in each sector with watercolor pencil. If you look in the lower left corner of the canvas, you can see that I'm not through with the first application of paint in the last three squares, mostly because I'm not really charmed with those last three images.

Right now, the collage is restricted to the huge cherry which takes up 4 squares and the cupcake tower just to its right which takes up 2 squares. But, the matte medium may be coming out again tomorrow.

Will you still recognize this as the same painting that you saw today when next you see it? Will there still be a face in the window? Will it have clothing on? Only the Shadow knows...

13 comments:

Cathyann said...

your best idea and work yet! I love this...it feels 'fun' to read how much fun you are having with this, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth said...

Love it E!!! All the color is wonderful!!! Have not seen the movie yet as the Children's Book was one of our families favorites when the kids were growing up!! We are scared to see the movie as we loved the book so much!! You need to read it, You would LOVE IT!!!
Can't wait to see what is next for this work!!
elizabeth

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Aww! You say the nicest things, Cathyann! Thanks.

E--I have read the book and love it. That's the real reason I paid homage to it in my title today, not because it was coming out a movie. Reports are that it is good. Sometimes I can separate my love of a book and the love of its movie--sometimes, not so much!

Deborah Ross said...

I was waiting to see what else you would do with your cupcake idea, but I didn't expect to see this much so fast!
This is a happy, busy painting with a lot to look at. Your colors are so lively, and my eye keeps moving and moving. Lots of interest there.
You know, the movies are never as good as the books!

M.M.E. said...

I like how the cherries seem to fall down the right-hand side from square to square. A treat for the eye. I agree that the big cherry needs work. It's just such a large flat color. I'd almost try to color it a bit more red to match the other cherries.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hey, Deborah! Thanks for joining my blog.

Yep, got to make sure there is not too much going on in the final. Thanks for commenting.

Hi, MME: I forgot to say in my post that in the picture, the flash bloomed on the big cherry because the papers are shinier. There is actually a lot of interest there because of the underlying collage. I'll get a better picture coming up, not just a quick and dirty one!

Thanks for the comment about the cherries falling down. I didn't notice it until you said that.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I think it is just great...very joyful! Who wouldn't feel joy with cupcakes...the color is superb.

ariel freeman said...

Hmmm, intriguing questions to ponder. Can't wait to see it in person. Glorious!

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful and whimsical. Love the Big Cherry. Can't wait to see what that creative mind of your ends up with!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Elizabeth...This is absolutely fantastic!! I LOVE IT! so creative, and imaginative... Well done my new friend!! I wish I could see it in person!

Megha Chhatbar said...

You truly deserve an award and I have one for you. Congrats! :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Blue Sky Dreaming, Ariel, Gwen, Saundra and Megha. The encouragement you give is appreciated!

Megha, I am so honored by the award! I will be responding to it in a later post.

Connie said...

Yum yum! This is the kind of forecast I like. Imaginative and interesting piece with great design - I love it, Elizabeth! And fun, too!