The pleasure and the pain. Sometimes they are just in too close proximity to fathom.
This is the case with the next drawing in my challenge done last night and my head study demo done today in my teaching class at The California Art Institute.
I liked last night's drawing. It came as fast and easy as pouring chocolate on a sundae. I love cloche hats at the best of times although not on Angelina Jolie in that recent movie which prompted every mall store to carry them for a while. Yawn.
Cut to this morning's demo. It was the same pose almost, the same hat almost. It wasn't however the same artist at the easel.
The drawing was off all the way through if I am honest. I was trying hard for some mystery but it wasn't coming through. It is a challenge to teach in many ways, especially to do a head demo and still be a very VERBAL teacher making sure you get to each students' easel every 15 minutes or so to comment or work on their paintings. Your brain is switching from right to left as fast as tennis ball at Wimbledon.
You don't want a dudd demo. Some teachers ONLY do a demo for the whole class and make everyone watch them. I think this might be a good idea.
So much for practising that drawing every night huh?? Didn't do me much good today.
This is a long hard journey sometimes. For me the battles are not easily won. And behind every small gain, there feels like an army of art mis-steps. Maybe the really talented like Rembrandt just soared without walking in molasses.
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