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Cake Walk

  • When balancing is a piece of cake

    An acrobat goes toe-to-toe with a maraschino cherry and comes out on top in Cake Walk.

  • Much like its companion piece, Bank Balance, Cake Walk features a devilishly difficult-to-paint black background. Honestly, I don’t do many of this kind of background because they take a long time and even one little bump into the surface can ruin the smooth negative-space effect.

    So why take on the hassle? Because the effect of sharp shadows against black is so stunning - like the most dramatic spotlight in the center ring of a circus.

    In contrast, notice the softer reflections of the pastry onto the shelf. I purposely made these images more muted so as not to fight with that the cake above and sprinkles below for your attention.

    Other details

    The balancing toy is a “Whirling Wilmer” from the 1920s. His pointy toe can balance on many varied surfaces, but I couldn’t make him stand up in a maraschino cherry very well. Instead, I used modeling clay to prop Wilmer up.

    In fact, I couldn’t actually stack the pastry up like this either. The dense cake flattened the donut at the bottom, so I combined them only on the canvas (and in my tummy). I have a video on Instagram showing my attempts to stack up the goodies.

  • All Richard Hall prints are limited edition and hand-signed and numbered by the artist.

    All of our prints are finished with a coating that protects the print and enhances light-fastness; we use the highest quality pigmented inks with an estimated lifetime of 118 years.

    Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.

    Paper giclées: Edition of 250 for 12” x 12” sizes; edition of 125 for 20” x 20”. Printed on high-quality, acid-free paper and comes with a hand-cut mat that fits into a standard-size frame. We recommend that you use a frame with glass to ensure longevity of your paper print.