Hot Dogs

When I was at Manhattanville College studying Art History, I had a part-time job driving the daughters of art collector and gallery owner, Allan Stone, to school every morning. One morning, I had the good fortune to meet the artist Wayne Thiebaud in the kitchen of their house. Mr. Stone, always kind to me, introduced me to Mr Thiebaud, whose work we were recently studying in Contemporary American Art class.

Yesterday, Labor Day, I thought of Thiebaud as I grilled hot dogs for lunch.

Three Hot Dogs. Photo by Bruce Barone

 Do you like hot dogs?

“If you stare at an object, as you do when you paint, there is no point at which you stop learning things from it.” (Wayne Thiebaud)