Diane Mannion, Peruvian Lily, 6x6" oil
Started as a class demo teaching artists how to paint glass, and finished later at home. Used baby food jars so each artist could set up their own arrangement. Glass is not easy... told everyone to just focus on the shapes inside the glass, the values, and put stokes down, then leave them. "Forget you're painting glass." This was extra difficult because I also gave them a flower. Flowers are another technique, but thought it would distract them from the glass enough to let accidents happen.
It's a wonderful thing when I see some students GET IT! Somehow, my instructions, however bizarre... get through. One student struggled for an hour on a jar and it was so so. Then he did a ten minute jar with a timer and GOT IT! Timers force focus... rushing to beat the clock eliminates the brush from worrying over unnecessary details. (I should listen to my own teaching.)
Painting techniques are theory and formulas, but it takes practice... like learning to play the piano or violin... to GET IT! Another student said, "I'm just a beginner"... and would not listen to any suggestions, kept a closed mind, so I had to leave it at that. Sad. The urge, the obsession to learn about the art and craft of painting has to be there... and has to be there always. An artist is always evolving, growing, pushing through to new levels. The learner's mind... an artist is always a student. (And as I've said before... how boring would it be if we thought we knew it all.)
I watch other students work though visual problems and come up with imaginative resolutions that are brilliant. Sometimes quirky, sometimes wonky, but always a wonder! The joy of teaching!