Chino Valley, Arizona

At the other end of this very small rural town, yet another cut-out shape sign. This time ice-cream, unnecessarily labeled as such, apparently held against its will other bits of cut-out shapes.  The drip is not convincing, but the cut-out format does not lend itself to realism.

San Antonio, Texas

My favorite part of this is all the wonderful text, italicized, some whimsical details.  The ice cream image (competently rendered) takes a back seat here.  And there’s the fugitive leaf. (photo by L. Davenport)

Chicago, Illinois

pilsen, chicago3

Surprisingly realistic banana split, the drips are working, and as we’ve discussed, they don’t always.

Faben, Texas


More from the same place, same strange shadow choice.  it’s like a shadow, but it doesn’t act like a shadow. Sorry about the glare, the rapture was just starting.


Faben, Texas


These appear to be cut-outs (which is a whole category of food signs) but they are not.  I wonder why the painter decided on that shadow; it represents light acting upon a form, but not the form that’s being represented.  Angle, angle, angle.  This place was covered in food paintings.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The chocolate-vanilla swirl presents a formal challenge.  So best to set back slightly, stay somewhat hidden.  Don’t want to draw too much attention.

Beacon, New York

This is only interesting in the context of it being part of a pair of schematic ice creams.  In my opinion, schematic food signs are generally not very interesting. I don’t feel anything about ice cream looking at this.  Or its twin.  I think, yeah, I know what ice cream looks like, why are you wasting my time.