By W.R. Jones
Lisa and I rarely get together to paint but last Monday I felt the need to get in a few extra hours of painting for the week and so dropped in on her Monday night class at the California Art Institute.
I was tired after a day at work that started at 5:00AM so I was hoping for a simple setup BY Lisa. When I arrived she was busy helping students so suggested I set up something on my own. There was a sack of persimmons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_persimmon) on a table with one having a single leaf still attached at a nice angle. I choose this fruit and thought I would paint it as a single entity.
In walks a late student and Lisa then suggests we set up a shared still life. This woman had brought a few items of her own to use. Oh man, now we have to satisfy two people. She brought out some grapes which I felt did go well with the yellow/orange persimmon. On top of that she was an outright beaver at setting up the table, lighting, and drapery. Lisa apparently whips her students into a frenzy of getting the work done. Then comes Lisa – can’t let well enough alone. She was going to tear off my leaf but backed off when I threatened to open a jar of full odor turpentine. Not done bugging me yet, she produced this ugly little odd shaped, planter?
The ceramic work was a demon to draw correctly and in fact I never did get it right. At one point in the evening Lisa made a statement, “someone should step back from their work and look.” That statement eventually worked it’s way into the remaining aware area of my brain which processed the information and figured, “maybe she means me – nha, can’t be me”.
The drawing was so far off my first thought was to punish the ladies creating the setup. Ok, it is not rational, but it is a solution.