Layer Cake

May 17th, 2006

I used to paint… a lot. I painted because I was depressed, because I had nothing else to do, because music inspired me, because color made me feel better, because I liked the feel of acrylic on my hands, and the way paint can cover everything ugly – everything you don’t want to be seen. And then one day I stopped. I think I got busy and, you know, it’s such a mess. Actually, that’s only a half-truth. My paintings didn’t come from a happy place. They were filled with haunting images, red like blood, and sour thoughts. And when my life started to fill again with light, I didn’t have the desire I once had for canvas.

The other day, though, the sun was shining, I had a fresh cup of coffee, and the pink dogwood tree outside the window was in full bloom, so I walked to the art supply store and bought a canvas. I started sketching and sketching and then came up with these, which I’m calling the Layer Cake series. They make me hungry.

Zinnia's Ribbon
Zinnia’s Ribbon

Cherry on Top
Cherry on Top

Tea for Alice
Tea for Alice

The Donut Hole
The Donut Hole

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nichola  |  May 17th, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    Very nice, i’m hungry now!

  • 2. marybeth  |  May 17th, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Dacia,
    THese are so wonderful and make me want a slice of cake =)
    Did the package make it? I have some catching up to do posting mail goodies like the wonderful bunny you sent that I have dedicated to Ryder-
    Keep on painting happy or not so happy-you are so wonderfully talented!

  • 3. cathygaubert  |  May 17th, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    these definitely come from a place of light! i especially love zinnia’s ribbons!!!

  • 4. Amy  |  May 17th, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    What wonderful paintings – you can’t help but smile when looking at them!

  • 5. marybeth  |  May 19th, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Good Morning Dacia,
    I want you to know, due to my gazing at these happy delectable wonderful’s I ate 1/2 of a half gallon of chocolate chip ice cream yesterday evening.!!
    I hope you are having a good week and painting.. painting, painting!

  • 6. Stephanie  |  May 19th, 2006 at 11:07 am

    You hit the nail on the head there Ms Dacia, I too have felt much the same about my painting. Maybe I need to visit you out east and get inspired. :) Love the Cherry on Top!

  • 7. Elizabeth  |  May 19th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    I love these paintings– they lift my spirits.

  • 8. molly  |  May 20th, 2006 at 8:50 am

    beautiful paintings. how wonderful that you’re picking it back up again…your work is lovely.

  • 9. Sara  |  May 21st, 2006 at 7:47 am

    Great paintings. I especially love the first one. I was about to say, I wish I could paint like that, but I’m removing can’t from my vocabulary. Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime.

  • 10. Eloisa  |  May 21st, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Oooh they look like invites to a tea party.
    I love Zinnia’s Ribbon and Tea for Alice.
    Yes, please!

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