Monday, March 12, 2012
My client is an avid art collector, and has recently ventured into Pop and Modern art. He is lucky enough to own a Wayne Thiebaud painting; "One and 1/2 Cakes". After seeing my paintings that include a Wayne Thiebaud reproduction behind my nudes, he visited my gallery in San Francisco; Modernism, and purchased my painting "Cakes".
I asked him if I could see a photo of his Wayne Thiebaud, and he emailed it to me, along with the suggestion that perhaps I could paint a nude holding a tray with cakes on it, welcoming people who enter his San Francisco apartment, where his painting "One and 1/2 Cakes" is hung. I said I thought that sounded great, and called my model, baked 2 3-layer cakes to replicate the painting's cakes, and had a photo shoot as a "jumping off" point Since the real cakes were kind of a mess, (lol) my client suggested maybe I try painting the cakes to look like his painting.
That is what I did, and I am amazed at how it turned out, and without too much trouble....I can say now. Because the painting is taller than I am, I had to stand on boxes and a board to paint the head, and it was difficult to get a sense of the whole painting when I was painting the lower legs, but other than that, it went rather smoothly.
In the end, I decided to keep the painting in a kind of "pinup" style, keeping the figure light, and I think it really works. Photographing the painting has proven problematic, in that the head (hair) is photographing dark, and I haven't quite figured out how to shoot it perfectly yet. So now I have to let the painting dry, varnish it, come up with a title, and ship it to San Francisco!