artwork

Happy October: Day 8

Wayne Thiebaud’s artwork

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Just makes me happy.
He was an American painter during the forefront of pop art in the 50’s and 60’s.  Most of his work is similar to the above: pastries, cakes, desserts and a few shiny objects are what he is best known for.
I am drawn to his paintings for a few reasons:
1) I’ve been privileged to see a few of his works in person and I love the way he uses thick paint (impasto) so that if you would run your hand over the painting (not that I did that, but I was tempted 🙂 :)), you could feel the texture.
2) I taught art for about 4 years before MG came along and my students always loved his work as much as I did.  They didn’t care that it doesn’t have a message or agenda.  It is basically just a still-life with a particular style—of something that we all know and love: desserts.  There is something to be said for a simple presentation.
3) I love the era of his paintings.  I love learning about the 50’s and 60’s and I do love a lot of the artwork that came out of those decades; along with the bold colors, artistic advertising, and mid-century architecture.  Mr. Thiebaud has actually inspired a lot of my own artwork, which if you’ve ever been in my house, you’ve probably already recognized this 🙂
4) My Mom figured out that he taught a few classes at University of California-Davis, so when we were in the area, we tried really hard to meet him.  Alas, his son was very ill so he was taking a leave of absence that semester.  We did end up writing him a letter to his home address…of which I am sure he is still working on his reply :).
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A lot of his work is on display in the Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento), amongst other museums in California since they are so near to his home.  It was at the SFMOMA that I purchased a board book for MG of his work, entitled, Counting with Wayne Thiebaud. Each page has a different number of his painted desserts from 1-10.
It is no exaggeration that it’s one of her favorite books. Only 2 and already a sense of art appreciation 🙂
So what do you think?  Are you a fan?  Or do you have a different favorite?

 

Friday

was wet and rainy.
It was one of those rare days where we didn’t have anything planned except to keep the washing machine cycling…and due to that, we couldn’t exactly leave the house.

I sifted through my overstuffed supply cabinet, looking for an activity to suit a 15-going-on-16th month old.

Then it dawned on me, why not do as any good teacher and start with the basics?

I pulled out my trusty Crayolas (no RoseArts in this house!), some art paper, and a roll of masking tape.

MG sat in her high chair and I hastily selected a color: orange it was.  I demonstrated for her quickly, knowing she’s really into cause-and-effect these days; sure enough she too wanted to try to make that tangerine line snake across the paper.

 

She did it!

And then quickly reminded me:

that I’m potentially raising a Southpaw (just like her Granny & Aunt M).  We’ll give it another 6 months before we officially put it on the passport though.

Together we created a little terra cotta, tangerine and teal masterpiece to hang on the fridge:

By then the rain had cleared a bit and we found ourselves outside.

She was fascinated by the newly sprung dandelions (Daddy wanted me to be sure to let you know that they did NOT come from our yard)

And splashing through the shallow puddles with bare feet.

There’s nothing like that unexpected giggle of delight to make you see the world differently.  I have forgotten what it is like to splash through puddles (actually, I usually try to avoid them) and to pick weeds (usually I try to avoid those too).  But those chubby little fingers and toes are experiencing them for the first time.  And that is something to never be avoided, as much as it can be helped.

All in all, our rainy, wet Friday mostly consisted of weed picking, puddle jumping, worm avoiding (can’t quite bring myself up for that experience yet), dog watching, feet washing, giggle inducing, finger pointing, flower sniffing, and hand holding.  With a little bit of art on the side.

On this rainy, wet Friday, we used crayons to create art and the LORD used the rain to create this:

We are thankful for the little ways that God often reminds us that art and nature are so closely tied.