I was looking today at a book of Wayne Thiebaud's work. He's an inspiration to many artists, I'm not the only one out there who loves his work and studies it for ideas about color and composition. I know that influence on art is a tricky thing -- there's influence, and then there's unoriginal work. I like to think of myself as influenced, but I was struck this morning by two paintings I'd done recently and two works in the Thiebaud book. These are his.