Yesterday, in the art class, at Hazelhurst, one of the other students asked me if I’d ever participate in the actual activity that Melissa, the teacher was presenting.
It was asked with a smile. The actual answer would be: no. But I am very happy to attend the classes and, with one of the other students I agreed that it’s being with like-minded people, the supportive atmosphere and – this may seem false but – I considered explaining that that is why I participate in RedBubble, as well but it was not the time to launch into what RedBubble is.
I heard MB do tht already, for Melissa, the teacher.
I ‘fled’ from another class, at Hazelhurst, last year, when after two terms with one teacher, someone else took over, whose style just did not suit me. That can happen.
Having a painting ‘on the go’, to take to Melissa’s class every Tuesday, to work on and get her advice, suits me fine.
This time I had left getting a new painting started VERY late. At abut 9:15 a.m., I rubbed the charcoal off a canvas of a picture that I did not paint ( mini-nudists in a tree) and quickly started this painting which had been wanting to be painted (again) for quite some time.
I have an earlier version, in acrylic, painted a lot of years ago. I am currently going through slides and this one was taken, in the playground, in 1966.
As I explained to some fellow students yesterday, I have tried to make the extensive collection of photos and slides, taken during 37 years of teaching available to the subjects (and their parents), in various ways, through the years, with little success. Wouldn’t it be good if this girl, now 41 years older, recognised herself?
Melissa (teacher) pointed out, again, that I’d got the length of the arm wrong.
I explained that that made me proud. The mother of my children, whose observations and knowledge I highly respect, used to point out to me how Renoir got the proportions of, particularly hands (in laps etc.) so wrong.
I have SO MANY Renoir prints and books!!
By 11:15 I had a very good start to the painting done. Ay 12:30 I began working some more on the painting, in the class, at Hazelhurst. By 3:15 p.m., I was pleased with the progress.