Topsy turvy

by Paul Burmeister

Left: Topsy Turvy Cups, Paul Burmeister 2013; Right: source

What began as a conceptual demo for my illustration class became a satisfying exercise in technique. The assignment is to paint a topsy turvy cake concept using a soft-tone approach. I decided to informally arrange cups in a pile that nearly tips over. You can see that choices about color are cued by the source still-life and have been extended into playful chromatic chords.
Sometimes, much can be gained by starting with a little thing and exhausting its modest possibilities.