This was done last semester. Our assignment was to draw a crumpled towel with stripes of different local values and to render only half of it so we could clearly see how much of a difference value makes in giving form to an object.
This was one of my favorite exercises because for me it was a breakthrough moment in the course. Usually I try to stay positive and have faith in the process, but every once in awhile that annoying little demon voice of doubt decides to speak up and say something like, how are you going to manage that? To which I responded, fold by fold.
Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud
oil on canvas, 1963
Wayne Thiebaud is one of my favorite painters for several reasons. The texture he creates through his application of thick paint brings his paintings to life and I have to resist the urge to eat the canvas. His arrangements have a geometric quality to them and he uses repetition and different points of view to create truly unique compositions.
When I see his work I feel happy and grateful for the simple pleasures in life. In this short video, he comes across as a humble well grounded person with a sense of humor. In his words, “If we don’t have a sense of humor, we lack a sense of perspective.”
Go here to see more of his yummy cake paintings at CreativityFuse.
Below is a short video featuring Wayne Thiebaud and his work:
Friday Favorites are where I will share works by artists (historic and contemporary) who influence and inspire me. This Friday Favorite was posted on a Monday, but in the future I’ll try to stick to the schedule!