Baker’s Hours

April 9, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Pastillage Island

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Stats:

  • Composition – Pastillage. Chefs are Marzipan.
  • Weight – Approximately 10 pounds. 
  • Length – 20 inches
  • Width – 12 inches
  • Height – 8 inches
  • Production Time – Approximately 10-15 hours spread out over 5 days. 
  • Notes – This was a piece I did during my apprenticeship. I had just taken a two day workshop instructed by visiting Pastry Chef Robert Oppeneder. During his work shop, participants made a simple island scene out of chocolate to take home with them. The Chef I was apprenticing under saw this piece, and told me to make it bigger, better, and out of pastillage, so here it is. The backdrop is meant to be a silhouette of Diamond Head crater on the island of Oahu. I found a basic outline in an ad in the paper. I tried to make each of the little chefs look different. The odd thing is that the first time I put it on display, many people accused me of making them look like the chef instructors from the culinary program. I had not intended to do so, but perhapse I ended up doing it on some subliminal level.
Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

March 27, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Kamehameha Plaque Buffet

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Here is a buffet in which the Kamehameha cocoa painting (last week’s gallery feature) was featured as a display piece.

 

Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Let’s Talk Story by the Hawaiian Style Band

March 20, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Kamehameha Cocoa Painting

kamehamehaplaquewmThis Gallery Feature Friday entry is in honor of the Kamehameha Schools Annual Song Contest which will be held tonight.

Here is one of the few pictures of myself with hair that you will ever find of me on the internet. The cocoa painting is of the famous statue of King Kamehameha (See video of the statue here), and it was painted by a very talented local artist named Momi Ojha. The thing that impresses me most about this painting is the amount of detail se was able to put into the Hawaii state seal in the lower right of the plaque. The detail in the crown alone just blows my mind. Not to mention the fact that you can read the state motto, “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono” (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness) in the painting.

This is one of five paintings that she did. I gave her the blank Pastillage plaques and two weeks later she brought me back five beautiful cocoa paintings. In this picture, you can see me mounting the plaque onto a pastillage base that I have cocoa painted to look like wood. I then airbrushed the plaque to highlight the painting as well as to give it an antique look. 

 

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Stats:

  • Composition – Pastillage. The frame is modeling chocolate.
  • Cocoa painting my Momi Ojha
  • Weight – Approximately 3 pounds. 
  • Width – 10 inches
  • Height – 18 inches 
  • Mounting Time – Approximately 4-5 hours spread out over 2 days. 

 

Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: What the World Needs Now is Love by the Carpenters

March 6, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Pastillage Voyaging Canoe Close Up

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Stats:

  • Composition – Pastillage. The dark parts are modeling chocolate.
  • Weight – Approximately 10 pounds. 
  • Length – 24 inches
  • Width – 14 inches
  • Height – 18 inches (tip of the sails)
  • Production Time – Approximately 10-15 hours spread out over 6 days. 
  • Note – Here is a close up view of a previous feature. You can get a better look at a lot of the detain on this piece like the Hawaiian instruments (Pahu Drum, Uli Uli, Ipu) next to the shack. You can also see the wave pattern that was literally scratched into the side of the canoe with a pairing knife, and the sea foam which was made from rock sugar. One of the issues with this piece was that I had to figure out a way to make the sails removable. If the sails were attached to the canoe, it would be far too fragile, making it impossible to transport this piece anywhere. So, I made a cradle in which I could just slide the sails into while on display, and then remove them while transporting the piece.

 

Song Stuck in my head at the time of this post: Tell Me ‘Bout It by Joss Stone

December 5, 2008

Gallery Feature Friday: Pastillage Voyaging Canoe

 

Voyaging Canoe

Stats:

  • Composition – Pastillage. The dark parts are modeling chocolate.
  • Weight – Approximately 10 pounds. 
  • Length – 24 inches
  • Width – 14 inches
  • Height – 18 inches (tip of the sails)
  • Production Time – Approximately 10-15 hours spread out over 6 days. 
  • Notes – Wood grain achieved through a combination of cocoa painting and airbrushing.
Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: The Chimney Song by Bob Rivers

November 14, 2008

Gallery Feature Friday: Kadomatsu Buffet

 

kadomatsu3wmStats:

  • Composition – Pastillage. Flowers are Marzipan
  • Weight – Approximately 5-7 pounds. 
  • Width – 10 inches
  • Height – 18 inches
  • Production Time – Approximately 15-20 hours spread out over 5 days. 
  • Notes – Left ‘Surfer’ cocoa painting; Right, ‘Aloha Tower’ cocoa painting. Miscellaneous goodies on the table.

 

Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: Albatross by Fleetood Mac

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