Ken Kewley, “Cake with Apricot” 2008 I ran into this little collection of cake paintings posted by Anne McGurk, and felt inspired to share. Inspired would not quite be the most accurate word, as I am trying not to eat sugar. If you’ve ever tried to avoid sweet foods, you know how prevalent sugar is. Sweets didn’t seem like such a big deal before, but suddenly once you try to stop, an open bowl of sugar is on everyone’s desk, at every gathering, and even hanging from your doorknob as a “gift.” So, consider this my plate of cookies. You can swing on by any time today and pretend to be surprised and delighted by the sweet cake paintings. Help yourself. No adverse effects. Happy holidays. George Braque, 1941 Scott Noel Jan’s Birthday Cake, 2013 The funny thing that you don’t know about this post, is that I wanted to start with Anne McGurk’s collection of three, then add to them. I’ve done this once or twice before, and it has lead to collections that start with three, and end up being 100, because I find so many I get too excited, and end up with a GIANT post about something or other. This particular time, I searched for paintings of cake. A few odd paintings came up, some unwanted still lives of fruit, and the rest of the page was full of Wayne Thiebaud paintings. That man painted some cakes! Thick frosting paint, bright and edible, canvas after canvas after canvas. I wonder how many Thiebaud cake paintings are in the world. Maybe some day I’ll collect all the ones I can find. Oh dear….. Wayne Thiebaud, “Lightning” 1972 Did you see the Paint like Wayne Thiebaud workshop coming up? That’s a workshop that’ll use some thick paint! (Don’t eat it.) Maybe I’ll bring carrots.