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You Get Up and Go to Work: Wayne Thiebaud

July 8, 2009

Artist friend Frank Bettendorf is always sharing amusing and inspiring bits he finds on the internet with me. He found the above short interview with Wayne Thiebaud (click here if the embeded version doesn't work).

Thiebaud has long been a favorite painter of mine, and not just because he paints a lot of cake! He is a master of rich, shimmering color and seductive and compelling texture in his oil paints. His paintings vibrate with life, but are simplified to the essentials. In the above short interview (about 9 minutes) the 88-year-old Thiebaud shares thoughts on his work ethic as a painter and capturing the "life of light" in his paintings. You really need to watch this video. (Part of the fun is that you will see him at work and you'll see his sketches up on a drawing board adjacent to his painting.)

You'll also want to view an earlier interview with him (when he was 81 years old) where he talks about having a sense of humor. (I found this one for you to look at Frank!)

Both will inspire you to work harder, to think about your painting, and as Thiebaud says, "live on hope, the next picture."

So get busy!

    • Donna
    • July 8, 2009
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    I loved the video Roz. Since I am “art history challenged”, and unaware of him, you can bet that I am off to Google to see more of his work. He has a great style. Thanks.

  1. Reply

    Quite inspiring. Thank you for posting this video!

    • Roz
    • July 8, 2009
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    Donna, you’re in for a real treat. Some of his paintings have been used for children’s board books, specifically one for counting which I gave my niece (and bought one for myself!). So three and there is a painting with three pies, etc.

    His work just makes the color receptors in my eyes happy!

  2. Reply

    oh, thanks so much for this link!

  3. Love, love, love him, always have. THANK YOU for the inspiration!

  4. Reply

    I really enjoyed the interview and thank you for posting it, Roz.

    • Roz
    • July 12, 2009
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    Carla, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope it has inspired you to get out some paint!

  5. Reply

    Thanks for that video, he is one of my favorites!
    I enjoyed his comment about the different kinds of light, “is there glint, is there glimmer, is there glow?”

    • Roz
    • July 13, 2009
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    anna maria, YES! a great line.

  6. Reply

    watched again today…thanks

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