By W.R. Jones
I have a plethora of unfinished work. This is a small watercolor study for a planned oil painting. I did part of a face and part of a hand and none of the oil painting. I have LOTS of plans that don’t workout.
But I’m not the only one – I bet my alma mater, UCLA, planned to win that football game; not lose 59 to 0. Jeeeesus. I’m talking to my lawyer later in the week (after they release him from a short stint in jail – it was a minor legal infraction as I understand). I think we may have a case against the university for gross devaluation of my diploma and extreme embarrassment at ever having set foot on that campus. Still, I’m better off than the members of football team. I imagine them burning their jerseys, sitting around the training table with heads hung low, looking at each other, and mumbling, “Shit, now we’ll never get laid.”
On the other hand with my daughter attending USC – I’m wearing a new jersey.
But, really, should we expect a professional college team to perform to some standard? Many painters don’t feel the need. Robert Burridge, that nearly world famous paint slinger wants his students to have “fun”. Wait a minute, aren’t they supposed to learn something as well. When you attend class what is more important – fun or learning?
Lucy was telling me about family friends of hers. This couple was FOCUSED on LEARNING. So, they paid $16000 per year tuition for a private school for their daughter starting in kindergarten. However, the school focused on FUN. They did not want the parents interfering by helping their child to read/write at home. Now it is after third grade and the daughter can’t read or write worth a hoot. The parents are livid but still stupid. They are quitting their jobs to move to a new town where tuition for their daughter is less costly. I would think for $16000 a year one could find a pretty good tutor. I wonder if their daughter is having fun.
I’m making personal progress. This weekend I threw away an unfinished painting thus changing that project to finished.
My daughter informed me last night I should make it clear the hand is not connected to or related to the face. It is two separate studies on the same piece of paper. She was trying to figure out how anyone could hold their hand in this position relative to the face.