Thursday, April 1, 2010

Artist Talk with Wayne Thiebaud

"Springtime in California"
5" x 7"
Acrylic on mat board


Tonight we will be attend an artist talk with Wayne Thiebaud at the San Jose Museum of Art where we are members. I am so looking forward to the event. We had attended the reception when his show, "Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Painting," opened at the museum, but tonight will be an opportunity to hear about his artistic vision. Wayne will soon be 90 and is still very productive. Some of the works that most appealed to me are his most recent.

I am also intrigued that my mom's maiden name was pronounced the same (teebow) and spelled differently, "Thibault." Can you tell that half of my lineage came from the Quebec area of Canada? My Quebec French last name is compliments of my deceased husband, Gary. Mix that up with lots of English and some Cuban and we 7 Pitman siblings are true mongrels.

Last night, just two of our Thursday night art group painted together at my house. In a month, three of us will do a Silicon Valley Open Studios, so we are motivated to paint and prepare. Bob is busy cutting mats, I'm framing and thinking about how to display the art, and I am painting a few more pieces. I like to have a range of prices, so I purchased several small wood frames at a very reasonable price in a discount store. Last night I experimented with acrylic on matboard. I believe the trick is to paint on the wrong side of the board, but I did not and in a few places the surface bubbled from the water. I set the painting aside thinking that was a bust; however, when it dried, the surface was nice and flat and I was pleased with the results. A small original of one of my favorite subjects is ready to go.

7 comments:

Marie Theron said...

Mary, the name Thibault is well-known in Cape Town South Africa. Many French families settled here in the 17th century. Our name Theron is also French.

Enjoy very moment of the lecture, you are wise to attend as an event like that does not happen every day!

Mary Paquet said...

Ah, Marie, how interesting. I thought your name was French, but I know so very little history of your area. I will let you know how the lecture goes.

AutumnLeaves said...

I sure enjoyed that bit of family history, Mary! I love people who don't quit on life. Their love and joy are just endlessly fascinating to me!

Janice said...

Mary your painting is so cheerful, just like Spring :) I had not heard of Wayne Thiebaud but I just had to see some of his work so I "Googled" him. What wonderful artwork he has done over so much of his life!!! Thank you for bringing him to my attention...

Barbra Joan said...

Oh yes, Mary the Californiia poppy. You know I love them .

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, there are lots of "Thibeault" in Quebec and parts of Ontario. However, I had never seen the spelling "Thiebaud" before.

I am sure that you will have many great items available for your show. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work on the matboard.

Mary Paquet said...

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