Thursday, April 1, 2010
Artist Talk with Wayne Thiebaud
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.