With just one one more doodlewash to go before the end of the World Watercolor Month challenge, I decided to share a slice of cake. I once again, am not lucky enough to have this sitting in front of me, but I really wanted cake, so I figured I’d manifest a slice in a watercolor sketch. I believe this would be referred to as a Black Forest Cake if it had actually been baked. Though I typically prefer white cake, this was an interesting challenge in just Burnt Sienna, Gamboge, Pyrrol Red and Ultramarine Blue. It’s kind of amazing how few colors it really takes to get the point across and I’ve been loving using limited palettes all month and can’t seem to stop. But now, I just really wish I had some cake and feel a little cheated this is only another painted dream.
Cake is something I simply can’t refuse. If it’s ever available at a party or family gathering, you can rest assured I’ll be having a slice. When I’m in America, the icing is too sugary sweet for me though, and I’ll often scrape some of it to the side. I’m still not sure why Americans love the taste of sugar so much that they want to taste only sugar and nothing else. Once, at a family gathering, I bit into frosting with so much sugar it was almost crunchy and the first bite made my face hurt. Another time, someone brought gooey cake butter cake which was invented in my home state of Missouri entirely by accident when a German baker reversed the proportions of butter and flour. What they don’t mention is that it was also made by putting in way too much sugar. Apparently this particular baker should have instead shared the amazing drink he was having and left the baking to others more capable.
All this said, I’m also enjoying an amazing drink so I won’t judge and will keep this post short. Instead, I’ll just say, hope you all are having an amazing weekend! If you’re on the mailing list, you’ve already heard about the August Adventure, but if not, I’ll be announcing it here tomorrow. So excited to keep painting with all of you next month! And if it were possible, I would definitely have you all over for a piece of cake!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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