Friday, May 30, 2008

Show and Tell

I'm a bit late in getting these up. Nebraska has been hit with tremendous storms the past few days, and I've kept my computer unplugged for safety. A few days ago our block was hit by lightning and most of the tv's in the neighborhood are on the disabled list. The house closest to the strike features a charred living room and blown out windows. Today the sun is shining and the sky is a lovely clear shade of blue. For now.

These images are from my recent Bassett workshop. These folks worked hard, and it shows. I'd love to take the credit and tell you I'm a fantastic teacher, but the credit goes to these artists who were focused and committed. My hat goes off to you!

The first and second pieces belong to Ki (that's K-eye with an "i").
She really stretched herself and tried some dramatic and exciting combinations. One of the hardest parts of being in a workshop is experimenting without the expectation of finishing a piece. It's scary to work in front of other people. You want to be know as a "good" artist, and trying out new techniques under the watchful eye of other artist's is hard on the ego. Ki put all that aside and created some truly beautiful work.

Pat is an avid fisherman, and when she pulled out a large photo of a pike in the shallows, I had my reservations. Pat is a potter by trade, and had never worked in pastels.
She jumped in (pardon that pun) and worked fearlessly on this piece. It is vibrant and exciting.

It's awesome teaching others. I learn each time from my students, probably more than they learn from me.

Look for more student work as the weather clears.


Lynne said...

This is really wonderful work to see, Pat. You are ALSO a very good instructor because it takes BOTH the student and the teacher to come up with good stuff.

Hope the weather is calm and does not trouble you all out there anymore. Just want you to have the usual stuff, not the unusual!

Preenie said...

All of the paintings are simply beautiful! It's amazing how much 'right brain' activity workshops and painting at home take,but... it can all be worth it if we stick with it till the end!
Happy painting this weekend!!!


Mavis said...

Hey, Patricia:

Thanks for sending the email updates about additions to your blog... it's a great reminder.
Wish I could have been a participant in your class, it looks like a lot of fun!

Susie Monday said...

Great work. DO give yourself credit as a teacher!