Friday, September 04, 2009

Center Stage

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Oil on hardboard.

This is my submission to Karin Jurick's latest DSFDF. I set myself the task to dramatize the lighting. I wanted to almost show the center cupcake taking a bow in the spotlight of some fantasy play in a bakery window. Strange, eh? Lol.

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51 comments:

  1. This is wonderful and the center cupcake definitely demands attention.
    Nice work!!!

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  2. You succeeded, Dean! The center cupcake is taking the bows!!

    Also love those otters in your previous post!!

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  3. You and your cupcake deserve to take a bow; well done!

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  4. What a great job. Love that dramatic feel.

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  5. They look so yummy Mr.Dean! Excellent work on lights and shadows..:)

    Water based Color Pencil: Pomegranates

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  6. Great job, Dean - I love that you made one star of the scene.

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  7. This gets a standing ovation! Beautifully done, Dean.

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  8. Good job! Good drama! Seems obvious to me - NOW but the strong lighting is REALLY a neat idea!

    Ken B,

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  9. I really like what you did with the lighting on this one. Well done Dean!

    Catherinea

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  10. Thanks, Maria...I'm glad you think my idea worked.

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  11. Angela, I appreciate your huge compliment, but if I bowed, I'm afraid I might just get stuck and stay that way. ;)

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  12. Hi, Dominique...Thank you...the drama is what I was going for.

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  13. Thank you, Megha, for those kind words!

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  14. Dean, a Great Idea and an excellent execution!

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  15. Fantastic interpretation, Dean! Love the spotlight. Your icing looks yummy.

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  16. Very nice Dean. I love the dramatic feel of this. That bit of light in the center is very powerful.

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  17. Great job Dean! Especially the way you conveyed the texture on the icing. You are so good at textures!

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  18. Great interpretation. I was playing with different ideas about how to play with the composition (making the cupcakes seem to float, etc.) but stuck with a straight representation instead. Well done.

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  19. awesome. I always look forward to seeing what you submit, they are always one of the best!

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  20. Thank you, Edward...very much appreciated!

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  21. Thank you so much, Claire! :)

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  22. Thanks, Ken. Glad you like the drama of the spotlight effect. I just felt the reference photo needed a boost for interest. About halfway into the painting I had to struggle to make the invented lighting appear believable.

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  23. Catherine...Thank you!

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  24. Hi, Cathyann, Gwen, and Vern...That dramatic spotlight effect was a self imposed challenge that I regretted about halfway through the painting. Glad you think I pulled it off. Thanks!

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  25. Thank you, Deb! The icing texture was another aspect that I wasn't too sure I succeeded in. Thanks for your valued opinion!

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  26. Thanks, Gary...I really liked your mixed media rendition of the cupcakes.

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  27. Hi, Tracie...What a nice thing to say! I'm not at all sure it's true, but what a nice thing to say! Lol! :)

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  28. Dean, this one is a real winner! Looks like a midnight snack to me. I can picture you in the kitchen for water and the light capturing this cupcake for a real temptation. I agree with Deb, the texture and dimension in the icing is super!

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  29. Wonderful idea and you really pulled it off. Your colors and the way they are placed really makes this painting pop. Really like your oils will be back to see more.

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  30. It's fantastic, Dean! Brings a whole new level of drama to the subject. Love it.

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  31. I love the way you chose to paint this Dean. Your take on it is the so interesting, well done.

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  32. Hi, Marilyn..."Looks like a midnight snack to me." Heh, I like that!

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  33. Hi, Nora...nice to meet you.

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  34. Thank you, Liz, for your kind words. I hope all is well with you.

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  35. Thanks, Barbara...I appreciate your nice comment.

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  36. wow!! did a great job highlighting the yummy cupcake!! these challenges are so fun~~ especially seeing how everyone handles them!!

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  37. i love your interpretation of cu cakes, the way you have set the lighting just adds an extra something, r,

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  38. Oh brilliant Dean! What a fantastic imagination and what a great painting!

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  39. Thanks, Cindi! Yes the individual interpretations are always great!

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  40. Great painting - what drama you have created and with cupcakes! Brilliant!

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  41. Makes me hungry... you certainly have created drama with that cupcake.

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  42. I love how you handled this one, fantastic!

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  43. Your interpretation is a show stopper! Dramatic!

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  44. Vern...Thanks...I appreciate and value your opinion!

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  45. A fantastic little gem of a painting. Definitely reminds me of Thiebaud. Remember that fantastic cake series..? I love how you emphasized one cupcake. Just genius.

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  46. Wow....................I don't know if I can add anything else to the numerous accolades for this gem. Always awesome..

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  47. I love your dramatic lighting and your concept behind it. Your interpretation is one of my favorite in the cupcake challenge!

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