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Artist Ann Rea
Go see the Thiebaud exhibit at the San Jose Art Museum!

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This past Sunday my fiancé took me to see the Wayne Thiebaud exhibit at the San Jose art museum.  I could have spent all day there.  The title of the show is “Seventy Years of Painting.”  It was amazing to see a slice of my mentor's work representing his life’s effort.

I sat and watched the 70-minute interview with him and heard him offer the same observations and advice that he offered me.  That as painters we are in the business of creating illusions, that one must use critical confrontation to edit our work, and to be conscious that there is muscularity in a painting, an artist’s movements are reflected in the canvas. If you look closely, you can see how his close friendships with contemporary painters Willem DeKooning and Richard Diebenkorn left their mark in his history.  And I noticed each of these art giants is an amazing draftsman.  As Thiebaud says, “drawing is foundational” and that’s what I learned from Viktor Schreckengost at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Established in 1882, it is a highly esteemed member the Association of Independent Colleges of Art, a coalition of the leading art schools in the United States. Go see his “lushly painted glimpses of everyday life—from a slice of pie to a steep San Francisco streetscape—are icons of American Pop Art.” Theibaud is really a painter’s painter.  He understands the medium; he’s unusually passionate about teaching despite his individual success in the international art scene.  I’m so appreciative that our paths crossed.