The Bakery Visit, acrylic, 11"x14", framed, $400Last time I wrote about Wayne Theibaud and this time I would want to mention another artist that I've always admired -- Henri Matisse. Matisse was an artist who focused on beauty in his paintings. He wasn't about telling stories or delivering hidden meanings. He enjoyed painting interior scenes in harmonious colors, figures that were dancing or bounding and, of course, beautiful models amid heavily patterned backgrounds. He concentrated on using color to express beauty in ways that were new at the time. "I dream of an art of balance, purity, tranquility, devoid of disturbing or disquieting subject matter...as something akin to a good armchair..." -- Matisse.
He has taught me to appreciate the beauty in the scenes I create. My featured artwork today is also about patterns and colors. This painting shows the pattern of the bakery racks and the repeating patterns of the fruit tarts and cookies in the pans. There is also the pattern of the triangles that make up the slices of chocolate cake. The human brain is comforted by patterns, I think. There may be a sense of ease with rhythm.