The above, "Wretched Excess" looks better in real life. It is one of the additional show paintings that is tucked away in the Art League closet. In fact, all of my dessert paintings are lounging there. Hmmm.... Originally, I meant to paint this:
on a gold leaf background. Proportionally, it didn't look wretchedly excessive enough. So I turned the canvas horizontally and started anew. This was a problem piece. I started over so many times, it's a wonder all the layers of gold leaf, oil paint and glaze didn't crack the stretcher bars. Worse, of course, was that I had to keep setting up ice cream sundaes as models. I put on 6 pounds with this piece.