Let me paint cake.
I’m going to deviate from dogs in this post (thank GOD, you say), as I feel I need to share these incredible cakes with you. Not actually share- don’t be silly!- but you can look at them. They were made by my lovely friend Nicole, who has a gorgeous blog at afternooncrumbs.com. Warning: it’s basically cake porn. She’s very clever in the kitchen and the ones in the blue cases are in fact gluten-free, but you wouldn’t know it because they taste great and actually very gluten-like.
Which reminds me. Last month I thought I was very witty and for my friend’s birthday I made her a completely fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, flour-free cupcake:
…because it was made of oil paint, you see?! I actually used a photo of Nicole’s as the cases were the same pink that adorns Emma’s bedroom. It went down very well- by that I don’t mean she ate it with a cup of Earl Grey, I mean she was excited to receive it! I really enjoyed painting it, with the added bonus that I made less mess than if I’d actually ventured into the kitchen. I’ll leave the baking to Nicole, but I do have plans to paint a supersized version on a much larger canvas in the future, as I think the detail on that scale would look great.
All this cake talk reminds me to tell you that I don’t only paint animals- as much as I love to- but sometimes I have a play around with different ideas. You’ll see on my portfolio page four paintings of girls eating and drinking- they look a bit random as individual images so I wanted to show you what they look like in real life:
The idea was that this was to look like some sort of girly tea party- although possibly the randomest tea party ever, with G&T, frozen yoghurt and wine… I won’t name names, but I used photos of my friends for it so that it was personal. Why no faces then, you ask? It’s just my opinion, but I feel that unless a photo is specifically a portrait of someone then it can feel a little strange to have faces staring down at you from the wall. These images are more representative of mood and feeling than actual people; I wanted them to be a lighthearted reflection on the modern twenty-something girl. They are hung in an apartment in Miami, which I think is apt as it is such a vibrant, social city.
A particularly vibrant, social Miami resident is Cooper, and he makes up my allotted canine quota for this post:
I caught up with him when we were visiting recently. He looks a bit startled by my death-grip around his neck but I assure you we get along great. Also, if you can see past my abnormally large forehead then you will see another of my paintings. It’s of massive raspberries. ‘Nuff said.
To wrap up this post and continue with the tenuous food/beverage theme that seems to have established itself, I was incredibly excited to find some frozen sloe berries in the freezer last week, which I had failed to make into sloe gin last summer. The reason being that after Mum had gone on a rampage and picked so many in Sussex, I was too embarrassed to buy enough gin for them all so banished them to sub-zero climes to sit out the winter. I finally got around to buying some more gin (I did get I.D’d at the supermarket though, which is always a low point) so during one of the many rainy days we’ve been having I got down to it:
That be all!