There is nothing better than when a beautiful model walks in the room and you just can't wait to paint her. Itch....itch..itch.
There is nothing worse than being the teacher in that room knowing you will have to paint her really fast so you can deliver some good instruction to your students who are also painting 'said' model. I rarely get in the "zone" painting for class instruction purposes. I am not showing my best work but I do feel it important that teachers paint. I would avoid a teacher who never paints in a class like seven day old lox. I had a couple of those in the early days and they were definitely fishy. I can't believe with the poor instruction they got away with. I didn't know any better.
I do sometimes wonder why I do it though. Students rarely watch me paint for more than a few minutes. It baffles me to be honest. I understand they want to get on with their own work (really I do!) but, the thing is, the problems they are facing are the ones I am facing just on a different level. A lot is lost in the learning classroom curve if you don't watch an instructor paint.
Anyway, today was one of those great days when it all came together, the experience as luscious as a jellied eel. The model, wonderful Stevie, entered the room in a dress she had made and tie-died herself.
I went "Uh-oh". I am really going to want to paint her. Should I even bother? Will this be an exercise in frustration for me or, if I get on a creative role, a deprivation to the students somehow. I know from experience it is such a juggling act, the left and right brain slugging it out on the teaching tightrope.
Anyway the luck of the teaching gods were with me and the students and it all turned out great.
I was pretty happy with the results. It was the best UNWATCHED demo of my teaching career....SSHHHHH....
A big thank you to all my students this semester at LAAFA which finished today. There was some wonderful work going on, with or without watching me, but I have got to find something to blog about so I take advantage of you here. It is a privilege to share your art journey. And I smell pretty good thanks to Guerlain. Not fishy at all.