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.

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Friday Favorite

Fallow Fields by Wayne Thiebaud

I love Wayne Thiebaud’s work! Whatever subject he paints, he does so in a fun and refreshing way that offers the viewer a new perspective. His landscape paintings make me look at landscapes differently.

This piece is bright, but not overwhelming. It feels both peaceful and energetic at the same time. I see a connection to his earlier paintings of cakes and desserts. Organic curves and geometric lines move the eye through an edible landscape flowing with rivers of icing.

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

Friday Favorite

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:

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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!