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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Persistence & One Spot Available

It's hard to believe that we've already had 5 Monday afternoon art classes. Next week, will be our final session. We always end with a potluck because that's how we roll. The next session on Mondays is completely full. Wednesday evening class has one more spot available and it starts this coming Wednesday, Nov. 3. Contact me to join this class.

So, you must be wondering how our artists are coming along. The human form is never easy to draw or paint. This artist has persisted and her persistence has paid off. This is going to be a lovely painting.

I've often heard people say that watercolours are the most difficult medium to learn. That may be true. The painting on the right was the very first one done around 9 years ago by one of my long-time students. Painting it was stressful and difficult for both the artist and myself. Fast forward to today and we find her working on the painting on the left. She has been working on this one for the past 5 classes. It will probably take her another 5 classes to complete it because she is going to tackle painting a feather next to the bowl of eggs. A feather! In watercolours! Can't wait.

Sometimes, it's a good idea to give your brain a break. For the past 4 weeks, this artist was painting a portrait of a child. There is nothing easy about painting a portrait of a child. They often end up looking older than they should. How did she give her brain a break? A commission for a friend. I love the alertness that this artist has captured in the dog's expression. (Chalk-pastel pencils)

And, then there are artists who are so persistent about learning that not only do they accomplish a lot in class, they work on their paintings every evening at home. The good thing about using chalk-pastel pencils is that they are erasable. So, if something that she's done during the week is a bit off, it can be adjusted in class. Doesn't happen too often, but comforting to know.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.

Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.

If you go out and make some good things happen,

you will fill the world with hope,

you will fill yourself with hope.”

Barack Obama

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