Monday, March 09, 2009

Painting Study: Shot of Espresso


6" x 6"
Acrylic on Masonite

I've been meaning to paint this little cup for a while now. It isn't actually an espresso cup by design, it belongs to my daughter's tea set.

When I was thinking about painting it, I thought that it would look more interesting with a beverage inside. A shot of espresso fit perfectly. The cup is quite rounded, I love how it gets nice thick highlights and shadows.

The crema (the orange-y coating that sticks to the side and surface) was the most fun to paint. In a former life I was a Starbucks Barista for a few years - having a chance to capture this in paint was very enjoyable. I like the slight stain on the rim and saucer - brings a touch of warmth to the cool white tones.

Looking at this painting makes me want to have another!


Joanne said...

Yummmm... looks good enough to drink! Do you actually have an expresso machine, or is it just that your coffee is strong enough to be considered expresso? :-) Regardless of which it is, would love to come and share a coffee with you soon!

Michelle said...

Thanks Joanne! I do have a pretty decent machine - I make some fancier things on it sometimes too. :)

You name a day you are free and we'll set something up!