This painting shows a server presenting a tray with three cakes. It is painted with three colours (cobalt, burnt sienna, lemon yellow). Plus white. Actually the painting is predominantly white offset by chromatic greys, and intense accents, all mixed from the three colours and white. White is typically used as an ostentatious display of hygiene and wealth. White linen around the food display, pure white for service and clinical uniforms and areas.
The serving figure is represented with succinct gestural marks. Her face is the same grey as the background. Her role is to present the goods and to melt into the background.
The cakes are lined up precisely. They are painted as abstracted forms with hard-edged solid colour, as are the slanting light fittings.
acrylic on canvas