350 Baked Bravado
6x8 inches :: oil on gessobord
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My father is a musical conductor. One time I talked with him about how when he conducts, he is quite controlled with his arm movements ... calm and assertive without bravado. He pointed out that that is his point of view in terms of quality music conducting ... that bravado with over-flailing arms or melodramatic facial expressions is no substitute for solid musical ability ... as those things can actually detract from the actual music. Conduct calmly and assertively with every beat. The music will tell all.
I found myself using this analogy yesterday while teaching my painting workshop ... reminding participants that no amount of bravado (e.g., flailing arms) can take place of good old fashioned observation, careful color mixing, thoughtful brush strokes, and diligent practice.
I referenced a beautiful photo by @twiggstudios for this work. I guess I've become interested in the cake as a subject as of late. Such a pretty subject indeed. It was a pleasure to paint this work.