This painting was produced by Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) in the year 1964. The lifelike painting shows an image of ‘Three Strawberry Shakes’ with three stripy straws in and the cup outside decorated with unusual colours and designs. The cups are over-lapping with each others shadows but original cups put in a fairly diagonal position. The painting was produced in oil painting on canvas. The mood in the painting captures harmony with the use of a light cup and another mood being peace with the use of casual vibrant colours. This image has been created by the milkshakes painted to be standing beside each other like real friendship or a relation showing a story about diversity. Thiebaud has used the formal elements of colour; bold brush strokes of pure yellow have been painted over an intense covered blue background. He has also contrasted various colours so that all colours complement each other to look strong. As for the lines he has presented a fluent free piece. A rough sketch to start out with but confident lines do outcome. Strong, powerful, lines have been painted into the light plain, delicate background to make the milkshakes look fair and stand out.
There is a strong contrast between the light and dark tones in the painting and Thiebaud has done to use this element by toning and fading out the brighter colours like the yellow-mustardy colours. The image shows no smoothness but rather gives intensity to the painted area like a tapestry which is threaded by hand but only even more intense. The pattern is simple with only three repeated and uniformed milkshake cups with straws slightly moved. The texture is slightly crumbly in the shadows of the cups but the lines neat and accurate for a coarse oil-painted piece. My personal opinion of this painting is that I like it because of its story. The reason I think this is because Thiebaud has shown lot’s of meaning into this oil-painting and used many different amazing techniques which has inspired me to do more with my drawings in future to use different materials and texture without hesitation! It’s wonderful how Thiebaud has created an image using many art skills where everything complements each other and has a positive meaning.