Friday Favorite

Fields and Furrows by Wayne Thiebaud

As I mentioned last week, the way Wayne Thiebaud paints landscapes makes me look at and think about landscapes differently.

Through his expert use of color and temperature contrast and by balancing areas of saturation with areas of desaturation, he uses a wide variety of colors and textures creating patches that pop demanding our attention without overwhelming the senses.

This painting is both dynamic and peaceful, words that describe the state of mind I strive for when drawing or painting, a calm, but focused energy. It feels bright, positive, and productive without being frantic or chaotic.

Starting next week, I’ll take a break from Wayne Thiebaud, but since he is one of my all time favorites his work is always a reliable source of inspiration and I’ll likely post more about him in the future.

The Smithsonian has a good article about him which you can read here.

According to one of his students, he says:

“If you sit around and wait for inspiration all you get is a sore ass.”

Wise words that are going on my studio door.


Friday Favorite posts are where I share works by artists who influence and inspire me. To see more Friday Favorites, click here.

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