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Painting Candy

Painting candy and reflective objects. Learn to paint at

Painting Candy

plus cakes, cupcakes and other sweet things!

Many artists have taken sweets as their subject manner in charming, satirical, or sweet ways.

Wayne Thiebaud is famous for his paintings of cakes, cupcakes, and candy. They are luscious, colorful paintings with simple white backgrounds. It is almost as though he ices the cakes with his brush!

Wayne Thiebault's lovely painting "Cakes" (1963).
Wayne Thiebault’s lovely painting “Cakes” (1963). Luscious cakes on a simple white surface.
A detail from Wayne Thiebault's painting "Cakes" (1963).
A detail from Wayne Thiebault’s painting “Cakes” (1963). We can see just how thickly he applies the ‘icing’!
A detail from Wayne Thiebault's painting "Cakes" (1963).
Another detail from Wayne Thiebault’s painting “Cakes” (1963).
Wayne Thiebaud "Seven Suckers" (1970)
Wayne Thiebaud ‘s “Seven Suckers” (1970) uses pastel colors and complementary color combinations (purple/yellow and red/green) to create a simple but charming painting.

Joel Penkman, another artist (drawing inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud) interested in food art, has painted ice cream, sweets, cakes and ‘party food’. He uses an egg tempera painting technique, which is much more delicate than Thiebaud’s impasto application of oil paint.

Joel Penkman "Fabs"
Contemporary artist Joel Penkman paints delicious ice cream bards in “Fabs”. He captures their icy cold feel.
Joel Penkman "Chupa Chups"
Joel Penkman paints the iconic lollipop from childhood in “Chupa Chups”. His simple white backgrounds take inspiration from Wayne Thiebaud.
Joel Penkman's painting "Glacier Mints" from his British Sweet Shop Series.
Joel Penkman’s painting “Glacier Mints” from his British Sweet Shop Series.

Candy is great to paint. For one thing, it is super easy to come by. For another, the colors are amazing! They range from soft pastels to vibrant artificial hues. Sometimes they have cute patterns, like the little stripes on a mint. They’re interesting too for the variation in their opacity – some are transparent, semi-transparent, or fully opaque, while their wrappers go from shiny to matte. Plus, you can always sneak one or two 😉 It mixes up the traditional still life by bringing in contemporary content.

I thought I’d share with you some still lifes of candy and other objects that I’ve done recently. These paintings are almost over-the-top in terms of the intensity of color–I love how vivid they are. And they were incredibly fun to do. I encourage you to try it out yourself. In subsequent post I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial on making your own candy painting!

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Candy painting – salt water taffies are fun to paint with their semi-transparent wrappers and pastel colors!
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Candy painting – shiny wrappers are a great challenge for understanding reflected color!
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Pretty shiny things – party favors and bells!
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Candy painting – wine gums have an interesting semi-transparent appearance
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Pretty shiny things – shiny objects pick up the color of their surroundings.



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One Reply to “Painting Candy”

  1. These look so fun

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