PAINTING IN PROGRESS ONE: SWEET CHOICES #2:
PAINTING IN PROGRESS TWO: FALL:
I didn't get to paint much last week, but when I did, the sessions were fruitful.
The photograph of Sweet Choices is accurate, but the photograph of Fall is not. The darks played up blue when they are actually violet. The ground is actually a pale pink. And there's quite a bit of pale yellow going on. It was a good start though for a painting I was avoiding and that has to be more intense, more detailed, to hold it's own with its sister paintings. Right now, it looks like something you'd see hanging slightly crooked in an inexpensive motel room.
My pastries don't come close to Wayne Thiebaud's, but my philosophy does: I like art that makes people smile--that has a sense of humor--and above all: looks like and was fun to paint.
Take a look at the maestro's work. The simplicity of his abstract compositions-- the lushness of cakes and pies played against a flat, plain ground surrounded with plenty of "air," albeit negative space, to allow the subjects to breathe--is what attracted me to his work and moved me to experiment with this subject. Sweet Choices #1 and #2 are fun sketches, me familiarizing myself with the subject. This man's work are serious masterpieces--selling for serious amounts that are far from humorous much to the amazement of the modest artist with a twinkle in his eye.