Feeling some serious love for one of my favourite cake creations, I painted an illustration to honour it. With help from The Wanderlust Collective, it was turned into a digital piece that I can now share with everyone, everywhere. Click here for a looksie! Wanting to support a good cause and with a shared love of sweets, I’ve collaborated with Cake Angels, donating 20% from every print sold. This amazing organisation donates beautiful, custom designed celebration cakes to children with serious health conditions to help create treasured memories of their special day. The entire charity is run by volunteers, connecting cake makers with unwell kids and their families all over Australia! Pretty incredible huh?!
Yep, I love to paint! Anyone who knows me well has not only witnessed my life long love of cooking, but also my entrenched passion for visual art. I've been expressing my creativity in lots of different ways since the beginning and have always been handsy (not in a creepy way). When I was little I was (I still am) THAT kid that had to touch everything, pick everything up, look at it, smell it, taste it. I guess it's ok if you're not like a bull in a china shop and severly prone to clumsiness and awkward breakages. If I'm creating, watching someone create or reading about creating, I'm happy. I think I am living proof that the left brain-right brain theory is surely a very real thing?! Noone should rely on me for ANYTHING mathematical, ever.
The colourful and artistic world I live in is inspired by food and nature every day! I love working with different mediums whether it be produce, paint, pens or photography. I am often unconsciously doodling recipe concepts and plating with ink before the dish has come to life in my kitchen, and sometimes it's the other way round! Which leads me to my Petals on a Plate piece. I received so many lovely comments about the plating of my Lemon and Zucchini Cake. "It's as pretty as a picture" they said. "A work of art" they said. I said, "great idea folks!"
Everybody knows how much kids love cake and there’s nothing more special than seeing their little faces light up on a birthday or a special celebration. Cake Angels, you really are angels! I'm in complete awe of the work the volunteers who not only run this inspirational charity, but the cake makers who put so much heart and soul into creating some seriously spectacular cakes for beautiful children in need. I'm not expecting this to be everyone's cup of tea but if you think it's pretty or know someone who would, it will bring a plateful of sunshine to your space and you'll be supporting a worthy cause. The beauty of it all is that it's really easy to do AND it doesn't matter where you are in the world you will get the file straight away! Piece of cake... Ha.
It's completely up to you how you would like to display it. Print and frame it, put it onto canvas, hang it in your kitchen, office, cafe... The choice is yours! I would absolutely love to see what you do with it - tag me on Instagram or Facebook @georgiabarnes.com.au and/or use the hashtag #petalsonaplate or simply send me a message. All I hope is that it brings a little sweetness and brightness into your world.
As always, thank you so much for your support.