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!
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.
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!