9 x 12"
oil on panel
When it comes to really feeling the joy of a painting, top of my list is dogs. Second is featuring any painting by Wayne Thiebaud. He is a giant in my world.
Wayne Thiebaud has painted ordinary objects - wedges of pie, lipstick, sunglasses, neck ties, cupcakes, buckets of paint, gumball machines, shoes to name a few - for decades. What sets him apart as a painter is he takes that subject, that thing, and injects life into it - with color. Take one shoe you see in his painting Shoe Rows. There is, approximately, no less than 10 colors of paint in that one shoe. The edges vibrate. The devotion to every object and shadow is admirable.
And that's why this painting was pure joy to paint.
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