I watched a recent episode of Independent Lens on PBS, featuring artist Wayne White in a documentary called "Beauty is Embarrassing."
That is, I watched it three times. Loved, loved, loved it.
I was familiar with Wayne White's early work before I even knew who Wayne White was, since I was a big fan of Pee-Wee's Playhouse back in the day. A grown-up fan, but having a young child at the time was good cover. It was unlike anything else, funny and silly and creative and weird, all that. Now that I've seen this documentary, I have a better idea why. Wayne was a puppet designer and animator and jack of all trades on the Pee-Wee set, as well as on other shows like Beakman's World.
He found his own niche as an artist after giving up his Hollywood animation career. Part of that involves painting words over thrift store landscapes in his own unique way. Funny, silly, quirky, meaningful, and, yes, beautiful.
"So beautiful it hurts my feelings," as Wayne has said about his native Appalachian home state.
Wayne White is inspiring, even as "Beauty is Embarrassing." I totally get it. Watch it, if you can, online or Netflix or however (link to Amazon Instant Video).
It's my Favorite Thing this week!